Shameless thief is jailed after stealing laptop and bank cards from nurse’s car while she was visiting patients during coronavirus crisis

  • Gareth Gilson, 37, broke into the NHS vehicle in Bilborough, Nottingham 
  • Purchased items across the city after he stole the worker’s bank cards 
  • Pleaded guilty to one count of theft and five counts of fraud after he was caught
  • He was jailed for 16 weeks appearing at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court  

A lowlife thief has been jailed after he stole a laptop and bank cards from a district nurse’s car while she visited patients during the coronavirus crisis.

Shameless Gareth Gilson, 37, broke into the NHS worker’s vehicle while she was on her rounds in Bilborough, Nottingham, amid the coronavirus outbreak last Tuesday.

After pocketing a bag containing her laptop and bank cards the callous crook went on to use her bank cards to purchase items from shops across the city.

Gareth Gilson (pictured) has been jailed for 16 weeks after snatching bank cards and a laptop from the NHS worker 

Gilson, of Nottingham, went on to plead guilty to one count of theft and five counts of fraud by false representation after being arrested by police. On Friday, he was caged for 16 weeks at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court.

Inspector Gordon Fenwick, of Nottinghamshire Police, said after the case: ‘We are living in an unprecedented time and NHS staff are providing vital services for the people in city and county.

‘To think that someone would steal from someone who is putting themselves at risk every day in order to protect our residents is sickening.

‘Our officers acted quickly to make an arrest as part of this investigation and I am pleased with a swift result.’ 

The UK has declared 439 more deaths caused by the coronavirus today, taking its total to 5,373. 

England accounted for 403 of the fatalities while Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland declared 36 more deaths between them over the past day.

The statistics are a ray of hope as the daily death count has fallen for the second day in a row and was today the lowest it has been since March 31, when it was 381.

Today’s number is a 30 per cent drop from the 621 fatalities recorded yesterday, and a 39 per cent fall from Saturday, which was the worst day so far with 708.



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