Three ambulances were left out of action on New Year’s Day after thieves targeted them and tried to steal fuel from them.
The vehicles were parked at Tredeger Ambulance Station in South Wales on January 1 when thieves broke into them and tried to steal fuel.
All three were damaged as their locking caps were forcefully removed, the Welsh Ambulance Service said, and needed repairs before going back on the road, leaving them out of action for several hours.
The perpetrators also tried to take fuel from a member of staff’s personal vehicle as well as from an all-electric vehicle. The staff member’s vehicle was also damaged although no fuel was stolen.
3 of our ambulances at the Tredegar Station were damaged on New Year’s Day and fuel was stolen from them. If you have seen something, please come forward to find the people who did this. We exist to help the people of Wales, not to be the target of crime. https://t.co/KG3X6xf3iQ pic.twitter.com/tV6nylnCfi— Welsh Ambulance (@WelshAmbulance) January 3, 2020
Lee Brooks, Director of Operations at the Welsh Ambulance Service, said: “Despite the things you can witness in this job, there are things that are still hard to believe.
“Why someone would damage and steal from an ambulance is something I struggle to understand, but it did happen.
“Fortunately these are not things that happen often, and the people of Wales have always been incredibly supportive of the job we do, on and off the road.
“We now ask for the help of the people living in the Tredegar area and come forward if they have seen or heard something that could help us catch those who did this.”
The incident has been reported to Gwent Police.