Nurses' Cars Smashed and Robbed During Emergency Room Shifts Over Easter Weekend

After long shifts over Easter weekend, two emergency room nurses at the Boston Children's Hospital returned to their vehicles to find their car windows had been smashed and their personal items robbed. Both nurses had worked around 12 hours treating children with life-threatening conditions.

Sergeant Detective John Boyle from the Boston Police confirmed the incident to Newsweek: "On Saturday Boston officers responded to a radio call. The rear passenger window had been smashed, the victim stated that several items had been stolen from her car."

"I just felt really, really sad that something like that would happen at a Children's Hospital parking lot," said day nurse Renée Cather to The Boston Globe.

Nurse Renée Cather parked at the Patient Family Parking Garage, when she returned to her vehicle she found glass everywhere and her Air Pods, wallet, sunglasses and clothes gone. "To me, it just felt really ugly," Cather told WCVB.

In a second incident over the Easter weekend, another urgent care nurse at the same hospital faced a similar ordeal, Boyle told Newsweek.

"The units responded to a radio call from the [Boston] Children's Hospital garage. According to the caller she had parked her car around 8 a.m., and when she returned around 7.45 p.m. she observed the driver side window broken as well as some items stolen from her car."

Erin C. Tornatore, a representative from Boston Children's Hospital, was saddened by the incident.

"In such a trying time when so many people are pulling together, it is particularly disturbing and disappointing for this to have happened to two people who are so essential to our community's collective response to COVID-19," she told Newsweek.

"We are always incredibly proud of our employees for their long and hard work and the extraordinary care they provide.

"The break-ins were reported to our security team and we are working with the Boston Police Department on investigative follow-up," said Tornatore.

There are security cameras fitted in Boston Children's Hospital parking lots, which may provide further information.

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File photo of smashed car window. On Easter weekend ER nurses at Boston Children's Hospital returned to their cars to find they have been robbed. Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Similar shocking crimes involving frontline workers and medical staff have taken place across the globe amid the coronavirus pandemic. In the U.K. a man was jailed last week after breaking into a district nurse's car and going on a spending spree with her credit card.

"We are living in an unprecedented time and [National Health Service] 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," said Inspector Gordon Fenwick from Nottinghamshire Police, as reported by Nottingham Post.

Coronavirus has so far claimed the lives of more than 115,000 people, with over 1.85 million people contracting the disease. To date, 440,000 people have recovered from contracting COVID-19.

This article was updated to include comment from Erin C. Tornatore.

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