How The Daily Examiner reported the theft last month.
How The Daily Examiner reported the theft last month.

Thieves return hospital history

A THIEF or group of thieves appears to have had a stroke of conscience, an inspiration of morality or simply a “lack of market” by returning stolen historical pictures from Grafton Base Hospital (GBH) in April.

It is understood police received an anonymous phone call to collect the framed pictures from a Grafton park on the weekend and GBH executive officer Dan Madden was advised on Sunday.

The Daily Examiner ran a story about the theft on May 22 which quoted former GBH director of nursing Kay Paine expressing her disappointment at the delay in publicity about the theft due to GBH management.

She also said police had fingerprinted the area and believed they had some good prints from a photograph the thieves were unable to prise from its mounting on the wall.

It may never be widely known whether the return was inspired by “the guilts”, the risk of being found with the incriminating articles, blackmail or a combination of all these. The pictures have now been restored to their rightful place in the main corridor of the hospital.

“Staff at the GBH are very grateful to the police and to those members of the public that may have encouraged the thieves to return the items, which were of great historical and heritage value to the GBH and the wider community,” Mr Madden said.



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