ABOVE: Hidden cameras capture a Colorado EMT swiping pain medication from a woman’s bedroom
TORONTO – A Colorado EMT has pleaded guilty to theft after hidden cameras captured him stealing a patient’s pain medication – right out of the woman’s bedroom.
According to the victim, the incident took place this past July, when an American Medical Response ambulance arrived at her Colorado Springs home to transport her to the hospital after she dialed 911.
The victim, who spoke to numerous local news outlets, did not want her name revealed.
When she later returned to her house, she noticed a bottle of her pain medication had gone missing.
“I looked through all the bottles and thought maybe when they transferred me from my bed to the wheelchair it may have fallen out,” the woman told Fox 21 News in Denver.
According to the woman, a previous robbery led her to install hidden cameras in her bedroom. And when she checked the camera footage, she made a shocking discovery.
As paramedics loaded the patient into the ambulance, cameras captured one EMT returning to the woman’s bedroom.
He looks through her collection of pills, and is seen pocketing a bottle of what the woman said is the prescription painkiller Vicodin.
“I thought there’s no way somebody would steal from me when they’re here in my house, trying to help me,” the woman told KKTV News in Colorado Springs. “He seemed like a regular guy in the back, I had no idea he had my narcotic pills in his pocket.”
On Thursday, 31-year-old EMT Brandon Long pleaded guilty to theft in a Colorado courtroom.
He was sentenced to 50 hours of community service. He also has to write a letter of apology to the woman whose medication he swiped, and attend a class called “Making Better Choices.”
American Medical Response said they dismissed Long when they first learned of the situation last year.
“We immediately contacted the police, suspended the employee and cooperated with police during the investigation. The employee was subsequently terminated and no longer works for AMR,” the company said in a written statement.