A woman is in custody in Norfolk, accused of stealing a private transport ambulance from Sentara Norfolk General Hospital Wednesday afternoon.
Police got the report that an ambulance had been stolen from the hospital around 12:45 p.m. and at 1:25 p.m., Norfolk Police tweeted that the ambulance had been recovered and that they had a woman in custody.
According to a Naval Station Norfolk spokesperson the ambulance entered the base via Gate 2 without authorization. Naval Security Forces and Norfolk Police responded and stopped the vehicle.
Sentara spokesman Dale Gauding says the ambulance belonging to Medical Transport, LLC was parked in the ambulance parking area of Norfolk General at the time, and the crew was inside picking up a patient. The woman was able to climb through the back door of the ambulance, which was still running “as normal, to maintain a comfortable environment for patients,” Gauding says.
The woman drove off, but medical transport dispatchers were able to track the ambulance via GPS and guide Norfolk police to its location.
“We are grateful to the Norfolk police department for bringing this incident to a safe conclusion with no reported injuries,” Gauding said.