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Ambulance Stolen for Joyride During Emergency Call



    Ambulance Taken for Joyride in Wheaton

    The search is on in Montgomery County for the person who took an ambulance for a joyride. News4's Chris Gordon takes a look at what's being done to make sure it doesn't happen again. (Published Tuesday, April 22, 2014)

    Police still don't know who stole an ambulance while first responders were caring for a patient at his Wheaton, Md. apartment last Friday.

    Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad Chief Allan Platky told News4 a crew responded to an apartment on Georgia Avenue, "and after they had assessed the patient and brought them out, they found the ambulance had disappeared."

    The ambulance was luckily located within 10 minutes, parked on Plyers Mill Road, just a few blocks away.

    And though the perpetrator has not yet been caught, Chief Platky said the situation could have been much worse.

    "Typically most folks are not familiar with operation of these vehicles," Platky said. "They could have just as easily been involved in a crash. Certainly by taking the equipment, they're going to delay the care of someone who needs it far more than they do."