It has been reported that a defibrillator was stolen from the back of an ambulance in Belfast last month, whilst the ambulance crew were busy treating a patient in need of care nearby. The theft happened in one of the busiest parts of the city at around 8pm at night when the streets are often littered with people.
The thoughtless event shocked the ambulance service, an ambulance service spokesperson said that a man approached the back of the van and ran off with the expensive piece of medical equipment. The theft has been estimated to cost the service around £10,000 to replace the vital piece of machinery. The service used social media to appeal to public and stated that the machine “could be needed to save a life tonight”. They also added “The person who did this had no thought whatsoever for the community or those who may have needed it.”
Although the criminal hasn’t been caught just yet, it seems that the stolen goods have made their way back to its rightful home and was found abandoned nearby in Craigmore Way, South Belfast.
The suspected thief was around 6ft, of medium build, with fair hair and sporting a grey hooded top with red branding on it.
Police are appealing to anyone who saw this incident, or may have been in the area, to contact them at Musgrave Police Station on the non-emergency number 101,”
Even though the life saving device has been returned, the police is still working on catching whoever did this.