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Wedding band, laptop stolen from St. Michael's Hospital room

12/07/2013 02:37 EST | Updated 02/06/2014 05:59 EST
An Orillia man is coming to grips with a theft from a St. Michael's hospital room that has left him without his wedding band, and his wife without several belongings.

Max Dumford is suffering from acute abdomen illness, and his wife Janet-Lynne has done her best to make his room feel like a home, putting up pictures and crafts.

The two were out for a walk Thursday when Max's wedding ring was stolen along with some of his wife's belongings.

"He opened the locker where my purse was took my purse-- two wallets and took bent down unzipped my backpack took my laptop out of there and left," Janet-Lynne said.

Throughout their 22 years of marriage the only time Max had removed the ring was when he was admitted to hospital.

"And I felt like even though it's not my fault..I let him down you know," Janet-Lynne said.

Police in 51 division told CBC News they are aware of the incident and are investigating.

St. Michael's Hospital also said this type of theft is rare, although statistics on hospital thefts are hard to obtain. The hospital does advise patients not to bring their valuables.

"There are cameras in the hospital and police are investigating," the hospital said in a statement. "Our security will be working with police to look at the area where the theft occurred."

Janet-Lynne said they will focus on what's most important during the holidays: family.

"He took that stuff  that's just stuff," she said. "But he can't take our relationship. He can't take oru love. He can't take the support we have from our family and friends."

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