Thieves steal sat nav and back pack from ambulance
THIEVES raided an ambulance as its crew tended to a pensioner with a badly injured ankle.
They stole a satellite navigation system and a back-pack containing the house keys, car keys and purse of Bristol Ambulance practitioner Chrissie Green.
The crime took place on Leinster Avenue, Knowle West, after Ms Green and her colleague Shawn Eyes went to the home of a woman in her 80s, who had a suspected fracture.
The ambulance was locked and parked outside for almost two hours while they manoeuvred her safely from her bedroom and down the stairs on Monday.
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Between noon and 12.30pm, Ms Green went out and opened up the ambulance to get it ready for the woman to be taken to Bristol Royal Infirmary. But, as she went back inside for less than five minutes, thieves struck.
The back-pack they took contained Ms Green's house keys, the keys to her car, her purse containing about £5 and leads for her iPhone 5. She will have to change all the locks to her home because details of her address were also in the bag.
The 56-year-old said: "It was really upsetting – not just for me but for our patient because she was poorly, needed to go to hospital and we were trying to get her there as comfortably as possible. She was so upset that it had happened outside her house.
"I was disgusted how someone could do something like that to an ambulance that was clearly attending to a patient. How would they feel if we had been treating their parents or grandparents? In all my years with the NHS and ambulance service nothing like this has ever happened."
After retiring from the NHS after more than 20 years, Ms Green moved to South Bristol from Milton Keynes and joined private emergency service Bristol Ambulance EMS, which has a contract with Great Western Ambulance Service to attend accident and emergency calls and take people to hospital.
Ms Green said: "I need the sat nav to get to calls as quickly as possible – and to all the different hospitals – so I'm going to have to buy a new one because I doubt it will be covered by insurance."
The stolen back-pack was red and grey, had three compartments and mesh pockets on the sides.
Avon and Somerset police are appealing for anyone with information on the crime to call them on 101.