Watch: Callous thief smashes into ambulance and swipes iPhone – while paramedics treat patient
This is the moment a callous thief smashed his way into an ambulance on a city street.
In CCTV footage, released by West Midlands Ambulance Service, the hooded man is seen jumping through the window to snatch paramedics personal belongings.
He targeted the ambulance parked up on Frankley Beeches Road, Northfield as the paramedics were treating a patient inside a nearby home.
It happened on October 28 at around 9pm.
In the video above, the brazen thief is seen scouring the area to ensure no one is watching – before swiping the items from the front seat.
He first tries to gain access through the side door of the ambulance, but fails as it is locked.
He then desperately smashes through the driver window and jumps up to reach the items inside.
Once he has snatched the paramedic’s iPhone and other personal belongings, he flees the scene.
West Midlands Ambulance Service has urged anyone who recognises the man to come forward.
In an appeal, they wrote: “We’re appealing for help to identify an individual who broke into an ambulance and stole personal belongings on Sunday night whilst the crew were inside a property treating a patient.”
Nathan Hudson, the Trust’s Emergency Services Operations Delivery Director, added: “I cannot begin to understand why someone would do this to an emergency blue lighted vehicle which has the sole responsibility of helping people.
“It really does make you question the morals of some people.
“This despicable crime has meant an ambulance is off the road and unable to respond to 999 calls whilst it’s being repaired; money which would’ve been better spent elsewhere in the service to help respond to patients.
“It is unacceptable that ambulance staff, who are there to help people in their hour of need, are made to suffer by members of the public.
“Any type of attack against our staff and our vehicles will not be tolerated. I am just thankful that, on this occasion, my staff weren’t hurt.
“If you are able to help to solve this crime, please come forward.”
If you have any information about this incident, witnessed anything suspicious at the time or recognise this individual, please contact West Midlands Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting crime number 20BW-249810Q/18.