Thieves Carjack Ambulance, Elude Cops, Steal Tires, Escape

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A suspect stole an ambulance in San Francisco on Monday evening. Police have yet to apprehend the culprit.

The ambulance was stolen at around 6:42 p.m. as paramedics were bringing a patient to the vehicle, the San Francisco Fire Department posted on Facebook. The patient was not harmed and was taken to a local hospital. (RELATED: Mother Of 2 Shoots And Kills Alleged Carjacker Who Broke Into Her House Armed With A Shovel: Police)

“Multiple Law Enforcement Agencies including the California Highway Patrol located the stolen ambulance using its GPS,” the SFFD wrote. “The California Highway Patrol pursued the ambulance through San Mateo and Alameda Counties before the ambulance exited onto city streets in Oakland. Due the the driver’s disregard for other vehicles and pedestrians on city streets, CHP units discontinued their pursuit out of an abundance of caution.”

Authorities later found the ambulance abandoned in a parking lot, the Facebook posted noted. Video shared by a local NBC affiliate showed that the vehicle’s tires were missing, though the laptop mounted on the dashboard remained untouched.

“This unprovoked act is alarming and endangered not only this patient and the crews but also countless emergencies that this crew won’t be able to respond to now. More information on how the ambulance was taken will come as the investigation continues,” the SFFD posted to Facebook.