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Teenager steals defibrillator while paramedics work on patient and destroys the machine by urinating on it

By Mason White 10:59 AM December 25, 2016
Police were looking for this man
By: Tanya Malhotra

A teenager of the United Kingdom, was arrested for stealing a paramedic’s defibrillator before destroying the machine by urinating on it.

Emergency workers were called to the Voodoo Lounge nightclub in Leicestershire, to treat an injured man.

While paramedic from the East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) were treating the man, drunk onlookers spat and shouted abuses at them.

To make matters worse, someone stole their $16,000 defibrillator and destroyed it.

Leicestershire police officers were called and they reviewed surveillance videos. Investigators have released a photo of the man, who they believed was responsible for the missing equipment.

Police have since arrested an 18-year-old man on suspicion of theft.

Police later found the defibrillator in a nearby park. The battery was missing and it was covered in urine, which destroyed the expensive life saving equipment.

A police spokesman said that they were called on Sunday at 4:00 a.m., with a complaint that the defibrillator was taken from an ambulance.

“Alcohol can cloud people’s judgement, but there is no excuse for assaulting ambulance staff and damaging a life saving piece of equipment,” an EMAS spokesperson said.