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28 February 2013, 12:21
Police think a man who has stolen from seriously ill patients in Salford has also been targeting the Manchester Royal Infirmary.
In February a mobile, wallet and cash containing cash were stolen from wards at Salford Royal, while patients were having surgery.
Now it's emerged a 26-year-old woman had her phone stolen while she was away from her hospital bed at the MRI.
The offender for all incidents is generally described as white, in his 20s, of medium build and with balding hair.
A man caught on CCTV at the Salford Royal has been released and police are keen to identify him.
PC Steven Hughes, from the Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: "We are working closely with local hospitals and colleagues in neighbouring areas to see if any similar incidents have occurred.
"At this time we are linking a couple of thefts from both Salford and Manchester Royal hospitals.
"Someone is deliberately targeting members of our community when they are at their most vulnerable and we are determined to bring this person to justice.
"They are deplorable and shameless acts and anyone who knows the person in the CCTV must do the right thing and call us."