Security guard bought gas with hospital patient’s stolen credit card, cops say

Tony Jones (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)
Tony Jones (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)

A $20 tank of gas led police to a hospital security guard who’d stolen a patient’s credit card.

Tony Jones, 41, of Norcross was arrested nearly a month after he allegedly stole a Wellstar North Fulton Hospital patient’s credit card and used it while the victim was in the hospital.

Jones was arrested as he was on his way to work, according to a report. He faces two felony credit card theft charges and one felony identity fraud charge.

The patient told cops security took all of his belongings from him when he checked into the hospital May 7.

When the victim was released May 11, “security brought him a list of his items and he signed stating everything was there,” according to the report.

Except there was one thing missing: his credit card.

The victim checked his account and noticed his card was used May 10 at a QuikTrip on State Bridge Road in Alpharetta, according to the report. He was still in the hospital at the time. The victim canceled his other cards.

Jones has since been fired from his contracted security position, Channel 2 Action News reported. He was hired in September and police fear there are more victims.

“If you were staying at the hospital during the period that person was employed there, definitely check your credit card statements or accounts and see if there are any questionable charges on there,” Roswell police Officer Lisa Holland told Channel 2..

In a statement released Thursday, Wellstar North Fulton Hospital officials said they perform background checks on everyone hired and apologized to the victim.

“This type of behavior is not reflective of core values and standards we set for our thousands of employees,” read the statement. “We are cooperating with the police on the investigation and are working to establish some additional policies and procedures to prevent this type of incident from occurring in the future."

Holland said the crime wasn’t worth it in the end: “For $20 worth of gas, this person was charged with three felony charges.”

Police say they pulled security footage from a QT where someone used the card and confirmed the hospitals' security guard had stolen it.