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Thief steals from ambulance on an emergency call

A would-be thief targeted an ambulance on an emergency call in Kingston last week.

While Paramedics Kara Davies and Tamara Van-Zyl were treating a woman in her 70s at her home on Canbury Park Road in the early hours of Tuesday 1 November, the thief struck taking valuable, life-saving equipment from the unattended vehicle.

Fortunately, the patient’s son saw what happened, chased after the culprit and managed to recover the stolen items before he could make his getaway. However, the thief returned to the scene of the crime and did his best to intimidate the crew and their patient while the police were on their way.

Duty Station Officer Louise McGraw said: “It’s simply not acceptable that while our staff are treating sick and injured people that something like this can happen.

“The equipment that this person tried to make off with included a defibrillator – a machine that can restart the heart with an electric shock which is vital in a cardiac arrest. If for any reason the crew’s patient collapsed and stopped breathing then they would have been deprived of this life-saving kit.”

Kingston police officers are investigating. Anyone with any information about the theft should contact PC Kevin De Viell at Kingston Police station on 101 or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Notes to editors

  • The attempted theft happened at approximately 3am on Tuesday 1 November on Canbury Park Road, Kingston.
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