Vital resuscitation equipment from a Hastings' ambulance has been returned after a plea for the "no questions asked" return of the stolen gear.
The Dominion Post understands the stolen gear, which included a first response resuscitation pack, was left outside St John's office in Hastings around 9.30pm last night.
Ambulance staff made a plea for the pack, which included a mask unit, stethoscope, blood pressure cuffs and intravenous fluids, to be returned with no questions asked, after it went missing at 12.30am yesterday from an ambulance in Grove Rd.
"The bulk of it has been returned though there are a few items missing," a spokesman said.
"We're obviously very pleased."
St Johns ambulance had offered an amnesty for the return of the stolen pack, valued at around $1000.
An ambulance crew helping another crew yesterday returned to their ambulance to find two men walking away.
"At first they thought not much of it, but on returning to the station they noticed the resuscitation pack was missing," said St Johns district manager Steve Smith.
The pack contains life saving equipment and "had the ambulance been called to go to another emergency it could have resulted in the death of a patient," Mr Smith said.
- The Dominion Post
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