Marcos Marinoni and Isaac Lewkowitz arrested


Hospital death bed theft leads to 2nd arrest
Last Updated: Saturday, March 20, 2010 | 8:26 PM ET
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Toronto Police released this security camera image of the men suspected of robbing an elderly woman in the palliative care unit at Toronto East General Hospital. (Toronto Police)

Police arrested a second man Saturday for robbing a woman of $7,000 worth of jewelry as she lay dying in at Toronto East General Hospital.

Marcos Marinoni, 26, was arrested around 5 p.m. Saturday near Keele Street and Finch Avenue where police said he had been hiding.

Tips from the public were instrumental in the arrest, said Det. Christopher Higgins, adding the hospital thefts had been ongoing for the past six months.

The crime shocked the city and police released security images of the two suspects walking through the hospital.

Isaac Lewkowitz, 29, was arrested in connection with the case Wednesday night and charged with theft, conspiracy and drug possession. He is also charged with failure to comply with the terms of his probation.

On his Facebook page, which contains numerous spelling and grammatical errors, he says that “until two months ago the bad of me was much more then the good. today im happy to say that all the bad of me was left behind, and a new person is here to stay for good :).”

In the personal information section of his Facebook page, Lewkowitz says he is in school “working on my GED to get a high school diploma ..” He says he has “a good heart witch somtimes gets me in truble.”

Police said the men entered Toronto’s East General on Tuesday evening.

The pair then allegedly made their way to the palliative care unit and stole approximately $7,000 worth of jewelry from the bedside of an elderly woman who was lying unconscious in her hospital bed. The woman died a short time later.

Police say Marinoni and Lewkowitz are suspects in similar crimes at other Toronto-area hospitals, including Brampton Civic, York Central, North York Central and St. Joseph’s Health Centre.

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