A routine Detroit EMS emergency call turned into a bizarre theft case for police detectives Tuesday night as the crew watched in disbelief as their ambulance was stolen.
The paramedics had been called out to a nursery home, but when their life-saving equipment was driven away, a second crew was called out. Police now speculate that two teenagers, ages 14 and 16, are responsible.
"Most of our vehicles are equipped with anti-theft devices in which if somebody attempted to, the truck would shut down, but in a handful of vehicles, those devices aren't functioning," Wisam Zeineh of the Detroit EMS Association told Detroit's local Fox affiliate.
As the city of Detroit struggles under financial straits, resources are limited. According to Fox 2, "countless rigs are broken" and "response times are suffering."
"It's a very dangerous job in all facets, whether you're with police, fire or EMS," Zeineh said. "The crew was not in the vehicle or near the vehicle, so thankfully no one was hurt."