Man steals Rural/Metro ambulance

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A Niagara Falls man was arrested after police say he stole an ambulance whose crew was treating a patient inside a home.

Rural/Metro crews were called to the 1800 block of Ontario Avenue around 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday and went inside a house to treat a patient. Authorities say while crews were inside, 32-year-old Michael Adam Dobson got into the ambulance and drove off.

The ambulance was found unoccupied on the 2600 block of North Avenue, which is near Dobson’s home. Witnesses pointed officers to a house and Dobson was taken into custody. Officers say witnesses positively identified Dobson as the man who stole the ambulance, and they recovered items stolen from inside the unit inside Dobson’s home, including hypodermic needles.

Dobson is facing charges of fourth degree grand larceny, third degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, petit larceny, criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument and obstructing emergency medical services.

He was taken to the city jail and is being held on $5,000 bail.

The theft did not affect the patient who was being treated by EMS crews.

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