Courtney Ross, 31, was arrested and charged with theft, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of heroin at the hospital. Police arrived at 1 a.m. Thursday and spoke with hospital staff, who told police that Ross, who was a patient at the hospital, had concealed several items in her backpack.
Ross would not let police look inside the backpack, according to a police report, but after an officer saw an air tube sticking out, he conducted a search.
The officer found more air tubing, a roll of toilet paper, medical tape, gauze and numerous open needles in the backpack. Police said more needles, two spoons and a digital camera flashcard that had heroin residue on in also were found in Ross’s purse, as well as a plastic tube, two razor blades, a push rod and cotton swabs.
A security officer at EMH signed charges for theft against Ross. Police said the value of the items stolen was determined to be less than $100.
Ross was booked in Lorain County Jail, where she was later released on a personal bond with the condition of no tolerance for any drug use. She entered no plea to the charges Thursday during an appearance in Elyria Municipal Court.