Austin man wakes up from two months in coma, finds his bank account drained

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by The Associated Press & KVUE.com

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Posted on November 19, 2009 at 3:39 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 19 at 7:43 PM

AUSTIN, Texas -- A man who spent two months in a coma at an Austin hospital awoke to discover he was a crime victim.

Austin police said Thursday that they're seeking a woman seen on ATM bank surveillance video using his debit card.

Police say the Seton Medical Center patient lapsed into a coma in May and that his debit card was used at least eight times in late June to steal more than $1,300. One withdrawal happened in San Antonio, while the rest were in Austin.

Police Detective Matt Conley says the card had been in the man's wallet in a backpack kept in his room. He says that when the man came to, the backpack remained but the wallet was gone.

"It's disgusting. It's bad enough that it was stolen from him, but he obviously wasn't aware of it, couldn't take care of himself and someone took advantage of that fact," Conley said.

Police say the victim didn't learn of the theft until his discharge. Hospital officials are cooperating in the investigation.

Police released a description of the suspect.  She's Hispanic, in her late 20's to mid-30's.  She has a young child and drives a maroon 2005-2006 Chevrolet Silverado LS crew cab or extended cab pickup with tan interior and a black toolbox in the bed.

If you have any information, call the APD Financial Crimes Unit at 974-5290. or CrimeStoppers at 472-TIPS.

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