Caught on camera: Moment paramedic steals cash from elderly woman minutes after she died
The son of a 94-year-old Shrewsbury woman has posted video footage of the paramedic who pocketed cash from her home just moments after she had died.
Mark Titley of Linley Avenue, Pontesbury, was given an 18-week prison sentence suspended for 12 months when he admitted theft at Shrewsbury Crown Court earlier this week.
The court heard that he was one of four paramedics who attended an address in Torrin Drive, Shrewsbury, after reports that a 94-year-old lady had collapsed in her garden on June 29 last year.
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A CCTV camera inside the property caught Titley as he re-entered the property and pocketed £60 in cash found in a plastic box.
Now the son of the woman who died, has posted the footage of the moment the 58-year-old paramedic - who quit the service days after the incident - trousered the money just moments after the woman had died.
The video clearly shows Titley rummaging through the woman's belongings and pocketing the cash before spotting the camera seconds later.
He is then seen to put the cash back, but his actions were enough to convict him.
On posting the footage on his Facebook post, the son of the woman, Mike Drage, said: "Whilst my mother was being given CPR by the other paramedics. This happened!"
He later added: "Mark Titley made a conscious decision to steal my 94-year-old mother's money whilst his colleagues were performing CPR outside trying to revive her.
"How many time has he done this before, where due to his attendance money and valuables have gone missing from the deceased home? He then conveniently retired from [the ambulance service] the week after and is now on full NHS pension which we pay for.
"It’s unbelievable that after this disgusting act caught on camera he has 120 hours community service.
"Mark Titley you are are a total disgrace to humanity and our trusted NHS and your previous colleagues when you rifled through my mother's property."
As well as being handed a suspended sentence, Titley has been ordered to carry out 120 hours unpaid work and pay £530 costs and a £187 victim surcharge.
West Midlands Ambulance Service said staff had been "horrified" by Titley's actions.
WMAS's assistant chief ambulance officer, Nathan Hudson, said: "We hold a position of trust when we enter someone's home and these sorts of actions rightly put a stain on all of our reputations which is deeply regrettable and makes it much harder for staff who are still working.
"We are pleased that this was taken to court and dealt with by the criminal justice system.”