Woman charged with theft of breast pump

Akron resident says she returned the hospital equipment


— An Akron woman has been charged with a felony for allegedly failing to return a breast pump to Yampa Valley Medical Center.

The 14th Judicial District Attorney's office in Steamboat Springs has charged Natalie Kay McCloskey with theft of rental property, a class five felony.

McCloskey was arrested Feb. 14 but was later released on $2,000 bail. The 39-year-old woman claims she returned the $700 Medulla Breast Pump in January.

However, hospital officials claim they never received the breast pump even though they have tried to get the woman to return it since the end of last year.

According to court records, hospital officials contacted McCloskey in November because she allegedly was delinquent in her payments for the pump she checked out Oct. 30.

McCloskey, who had moved to Akron, assured hospital officials she would return the pump after the Thanksgiving holiday.

The pump was never returned to the hospital, which prompted a hospital official to call McCloskey weekly, records show.

Each time McCloskey was contacted, she allegedly made promises to return the pump but never did, records show.

Finally, McCloskey agreed to return the pump to the hospital Jan.15 but failed to do so.

Instead, the woman claims she returned the pump at 10 p.m. Jan. 21.

She claims she entered the hospital's lobby through the front doors. McCloskey claims no one was in the lobby, so she left the pump at the front desk, records show.

Hospital officials do not believe McCloskey returned the pump when she claims she did.

The hospital's main lobby closes at 6:30 p.m. and officials maintain it is not possible for anyone to access the lobby through its front entrance, records show.

Because hospital officials have not found the breast pump, they reported the situation to Steamboat Springs police

McCloskey's next court appearance in Routt County Court is set for 1:30 p.m. March 27.


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