"It'll Never Happen Here…"
A WESTERN BERKS AMBULANCE was stolen Friday night in Reading, Pennslyvania. The crew had left the unit with the engine running while they were inside a high-rise apartment building tending to a patient.
When (the ambulance crew) came out of the building with the patient the ambulance was gone.
The crew called for a backup ambulance from Western Berks to take the person to the hospital. The backup ambulance was there within about 10 minutes, according to Berks County 9-1-1 dispatchers.
Police found the Western Berks ambulance abandoned at 10th and South streets a short time later.
A witness told police someone had jumped out of the ambulance and run into a nearby building, but police were still trying to determine late Friday who stole it.
Police said there was no damage to the stolen ambulance and nothing appeared to be missing.
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A GARY, INDIANA, POLICE DEPARTMENT AMBULANCE was stolen Friday afternoon resulting in a police chase and forced curbing.
At 2:30 p.m., Gary Police Department medics responded to an emergency call at 555 Polk Street and left their ambulance in the parking lot with the motor running while treating the patient. When the medics returned outside, they discovered the ambulance gone.
Soon after, they learned the ambulance was being driven by 59-year-old Ricky Warren, of Gary. He struck a vehicle on 11th Grant, then proceeded south on Grant Street before officers were able to curb the vehicle on Ridge Road, police said.
Warren then got his own ride to the hospital to be treated for "injuries" before taking another trip to the pokey.
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IN ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN, A 19-yr.-old man is in custody after stealing an ambulance from the loading bay at the University of Michigan Hospital.
Police say another ambulance driver noticed the man driving away from the hospital in the stolen ambulance on Friday night at around 11:30 pm. That driver radioed police when he noticed the suspect was not in uniform.
Police were able to track the stolen ambulance. A Washtenaw County Sheriff's Deputy pulled it over at Huron River Drive and Campus Drive. That's near the entrance to Washtenaw Community College.
The man was taken into custody and turned over to University of Michigan Police. Officers say he was waiting to be seen in the hospital's emergency room when he took the ambulance.
The name of the ambulance company was not reported.
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