Ms Burcham sparked a large-scale search when she walked out of St Vincent's Hospital.

Woman who sparked search admits alcohol theft

Print Page Updated: 11:50:34 AM, Mon 18 March 2013 Australia/Brisbane

A woman who sparked a police search when she walked out of a Sydney hospital last year has admitted stealing alcohol while her family and friends were looking for her.

Belinda Burcham walked out of St Vincent's Hospital on the 30th of December without being discharged, sparking a large police search and an online campaign by her family and friends.

It is understood the one-time businesswoman is an associate of Moses Obeid.

Burcham was found drunk in Paddington about a week after she disappeared. She later told police she thought she had only been gone for a few hours.

Police say that while she was missing, Ms Burcham was breaking into Paddington houses and stealing alcohol to support her addiction.

The 40-year-old was charged with six offences relating to three break and enters on the same street.

Documents tendered to Waverley Local Court allege Belinda Burcham stole two bottles of wine valued at $1600. The owner is looking for compensation.

The documents also state she was crying so much when police tried to interview her that they had to stop.

Burcham did not appear in court this morning and her lawyer entered a guilty plea to all the charges.

The lawyer said her client is in rehab.

Belinda Burcham will be sentenced in May.

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