Police searching for thieves who stole UW Hospital cancer patient’s car as it was being valeted
MADISON, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin Police Department has identified two suspects who took off in a UW Hospital patient’s car as it was being valeted last month.
UWPD has requested an arrest warrant for Misty Dawn Schramm and William Henry Taylor. The two have a long list of criminal charges in Wisconsin, including theft, forgery, operating without a license and drug possession.
“Through surveillance footage at the hospital and other security cameras that we have in the area, we have been able to positively identify these two individuals and we are very certain this is exactly who we’re looking for. Now the trouble is just trying to find them,” said UWPD Director of Communications Marc Lovicott.
He said police believe Taylor and Schramm were at the hospital for a medical reason on Jan. 16, when they saw the opportunity to steal.
Ted Myers was going in for his chemotherapy treatment when he left his car with UW Hospital’s valet service.
“I was greeted by a valet attendant, he gave me the slips and everything and he said ‘Do you know the routine?’ I said ‘Yes I do.’ He said ‘Awesome.’ I pointed to the keys and he said ‘Perfect.’ And he just kind of closed my door and walked off to the next patient that had pulled in behind me,” said Myers.
Once Myers walked inside, Lovicott said the attendants saw the car speed off, but they thought Myers got back in and left for some reason.
No one noticed the car was stolen until Myers came back to the valet attendant with his ticket 5 hours later and his car couldn’t be found.
Myers feels UW Hospital is responsible, but said they’ve done “absolutely nothing.”
“I did get a ‘I’m so sorry this happened’ and they gave me gift cards, but yea, that was pretty much it, just a sorry and they didn’t offer me a ride home or ask me how I was getting home or anything,” said Myers.
Myers said all the hospital gave him was two $5 gift cards to be used at the gift shop or hospital cafeteria.
“There’s obviously a little resentment, but I look to them for my health and they are pretty much saving my life at the moment, so what’s my next move? What do I do?” said Myers.
Myers is trying to stay positive and focus on beating the rare form of cancer he was diagnosed with, but he can’t help but think about what the car meant to him.
“My wife and I picked it out together like 8 months before she died,” said Myers.
UW Hospital sent a statement to News 3 Now, saying in part, “In twelve years of our valet program we’ve never had an incident like this, and we have taken steps to prevent this from happening again. We provided support to Mr. Myers in the aftermath of this crime and have apologized for this unfortunate experience.”
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