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Paramedics’ medical kit stolen from Kelowna ambulance station returned

Paramedics' equipment stolen from outside a Rutland ambulance station has been returned.
Paramedics' equipment stolen from outside a Rutland ambulance station has been returned. File / Global News

Paramedics’ equipment that was taken during a vehicle break-in at a Kelowna ambulance station early Saturday morning wasn’t missing for long.

A tip from the public lead to the return of the stolen medical kit over the weekend, according to the Provincial Health Services Authority.

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The health authority said the specialized medical kit, used by advanced life support paramedics, was stolen after someone broke into a BC Emergency Health Services vehicle parked outside an ambulance station on Keehn Road in Rutland.

Due to information from the public, by Sunday morning police had located the kit, contained in a backpack, and return it to paramedics, the health authority said.

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The Provincial Health Services Authority said the backpack was returned “fully intact, including all the specialized medical equipment.”

“We would like to give a huge thank you to everyone who helped out, we appreciate all the support we are receiving from the public,” the health authority said in a statement.

This is not the first time B.C. paramedics have been targeted by thieves during the COVID-19 pandemic. At the end of March, someone stole catalytic converters off of three ambulances in Delta.