A dentist has launched an appeal for help to trace a man caught stealing a tablet computer from her practice in broad daylight.
Dr Purvi Patel, owner of Kingsway Dental Practice, said she and her staff have been left “gutted” after the thief walked into the clinic on Kingsway East and grabbed the £180 Samsung device before walking out and cycling away.
The theft happened just after 3.50pm last Wednesday (August 15) but despite reporting the incident to police and posting CCTV images of the suspect on Facebook, no one has been arrested.
Dr Patel said: “It’s caused a huge amount of grief and stress.
“The desk was unmanned for a few minutes and somebody has walked in, picked up the tablet and walked out again.
“Some of the staff feel guilty, but I’ve told them it’s not their fault. These people would steal from their own mothers if they had the chance.”
Dr Patel said there was no risk of patients’ personal information being breached, as all medical data was stored on a server at the clinic and not on the tablet.
“We used it for getting patients signatures, consent and medical histories,” she said. “It’s a good thing we don’t save any information on there or he would have had people’s telephone numbers, addresses and medical histories.
“But it’s still an important bit of equipment for the business to run properly, and without it we had to cancel some appointments.”
The practice shared a CCTV image of the suspect, showing a man wearing a cream jumper with short brown hair carrying a tablet computer.
Dr Patel said: “We reported it to police just after the incident, at around 4pm.
“We have him on CCTV but so far the police haven’t been up to view it.
“You can see him walk into the practice and pick up one of two tablets placed together. He had a quick look round and then left.
“He cycled away down Kingsway East.”
A police spokesman said: “Police Scotland is currently investigating a theft from a dental practice.
“A Samsung tablet was stolen from the reception area in what appears to have been an opportunist theft.
“Officers would like to trace a man described as in his 40s and of large build with short grey hair, wearing a cream or white Stone Island jumper, grey jogging bottoms and grey shoes.
“He was last seen riding a bike eastwards from the scene towards Asda.
“If anyone has information which could assist our inquiries, please call 101 and quote CR/19777/18.”