In an incident seemingly ripped from the script of a Hollywood action flick, two suspects are in custody on suspicion of brazenly stealing a Calexico Fire Department ambulance parked at El Centro Regional Medical Center, officials said.
While the theft was an old fashioned grab and dash, modern technology saved the day.
The ambulance arrived at the hospital emergency room and was stolen about 12:30 a.m. on Dec. 28, said Calexico Fire Chief Diego Favila.
County law enforcement agencies were put on notice to help locate the vehicle and the fire department posted a picture of it and its unit number on the department Facebook page. A visitor to the page then reported on the page that he had seen the ambulance in Holtville.
Law enforcement officers then located the vehicle and arrested two suspects. Information on their identities and status was not immediately available.
“The ambulance was intact and was brought back to the station where an inventory was made and determined that no equipment was stolen,” Chief Favila said.
After clearing inspection the ambulance was returned to service, Favila added.
When asked if the ambulance has a tracking system Favila said it did not but in light of the incident the department will be reviewing its safety protocols.
“We will be re-evaluating our security policy and update them so that we can prevent this from happening again,” he said.