Thieves steal equipment from ambulance answering 999 call

Thieves stole a satellite navigation system from an ambulance while it was responding to a 999 call in Croydon.

The London Ambulance Service crew was treating a patient inside a property in the Queens Road area of the town when the thieves struck on Sunday (3 December).

The emergency medical technicians went into the woman’s house at 8.25pm, but when they returned to their vehicle 10 minutes later they discovered that the valuable equipment had been stolen.

Although the crew was able to transport the patient to the Princess Royal University Hospital, the ambulance then had to be taken off the road.

Emergency Medical Technician Hassan Richards said: “These people don’t realise that stealing equipment from our ambulances endangers lives.

“There can be no excuse to take anything from our vehicles when we are only there helping people.”

The crew had to return to their main station to do a vehicle change.

Ambulance Operations Manager for the Croydon area, Gareth Hughes, said: “This equipment is vital in assisting us to get to calls as quickly as possible. Once removed from our vehicles it is useless to anyone else as it is pre-programmed only to work with our software. This theft could have put lives at risk.”

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