Harlan Co. thief rifles through ambulance, takes from other vehicles

Harlan, Ky. (WYMT)-- Someone looking for valuables from unlocked vehicles also looked for items in an emergency vehicle.

Though workers at Harlan E.M.S. found nothing missing, the disorder could cause an issue in case of emergency, and missing items could case a danger to people in medical need.

"We try to keep them in a ready state," said paramedic Reed Scearse.

One of the most important pieces of equipment is the cardiac monitor, Scearse said.

Narcotic drugs, if they are on an ambulance at all, are typically kept under lock and key, he said.

"Most of the drugs you find on the ambulances are cardiac medications, basic life-saving drugs," he said.

Kentucky State Police continue to look for clues and the person responsible for a total of six thefts, including a personal vehicle in the ambulance service's parking lot several in the surrounding Elcomb area.

The thief also hit the Sunshine area of the county.

"The victims calling in reported to us that upon going outside to get into the vehicles, they have noticed that someone has been inside the vehicles and they have had items stolen out of them," said Tpr. Brandon Burton of Kentucky State Police.

The thief also looked in glove compartments and consoles, Burton said.

"Two handguns so far have been reported stolen, to wallets, to small electrical devices, like G.P.S., satellite radios," he said.

He urges anyone with information to call the State Police post in Harlan at 606-573-3131.

People should also keep car doors locked and valuables inside, he said.

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