Stolen ambulance recovered in East St. Louis; suspect at-large

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by KMOV.com Staff

Suspect takes off in stolen ambulance outside Barnes Hospital ER

Posted on March 18, 2013 at 3:46 AM

Updated Monday, Mar 18 at 5:37 PM

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV) – Authorities have located an ambulance that was stolen outside a St. Louis emergency room early Monday morning.

According to St. Louis Police, an unknown suspect stole a MedStar ambulance parked outside the Barnes-Jewish Hospital emergency room around 3 a.m.

Officials with Med Star say the stolen vehicle was located at College and 15th Street in East St. Louis around 6 a.m. Nothing was reportedly stolen from the vehicle.

Police say the ambulance was parked in the ambulance bay for approximately 10-15 minutes as paramedics rushed in a critical patient into the hopsital for treatment. As the medics were walking back to the vehicle, they saw it pull away.

The emergency vehicle was still running with the keys in the  ignition when it was stolen. Officials say it is standard procedure to leave the ambulance running but with the 'lockout' function engaged. This function allows medics to take the key out of the ingnition while still leaving the vehicle running. 

Med Star Operations Manager John Nowak says it's rare that a paramedic would leave the key in the inginiton.

Police say the vehicle was mostly used to 'get home' and no damage to the truck is noticeable.

Detectives have a few suspects they are investigating, although no arrests have been made.

 

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