Police are appealing for witnesses to a series of thefts from ambulances parked outside Bedford Hospital. Gas cylinders have been stolen from six ambulances this month, between the 9th and 20th December.
Sergeant Mick Case from Bedfordshire Police said: "The ambulances arrive with a patient, they take the patient out and into the Accident and Emergency department and they leave the doors on the ambulances open, and then somebody sneaks in there and steals the gas."
A spokeswoman from the East of England Ambulance Service said the gas is given to patients for pain relief but it can be addictive and can also cause serious brain damage. "A strong warning should be sent out as the people who target ambulances for these canisters are actually dealing with a dangerous gas when used incorrectly," she said.
Sergeant Case is keen to speak with anyone who was in the Ampthill Road area and may have seen something suspicious. He is particularly keen to speak to a male wearing a grey hooded top who was seen in Millbrook Road prior to one of the thefts which took place on Tuesday 18th December.
If you have information relating to these incident, you can contact Sgt Mick Case, in confidence, on 01234 858127, the non-emergency number 101, or text information to 07786 200011. Alternatively contact independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111