A 21-year-old man has been charged with stealing a defibrillator machine and first-aid gear from an ambulance while St John paramedics were at a callout in the Far North. The incident occurred in Tikipunga about 1am on Friday.
Sergeant Russell Windle said a 17-year-old teenager was also arrested but had not been charged. The 21-year-old faces a charge of theft from a car and will appear in the Whangarei District Court on Wednesday.
The $40,000 defibrillator machine was recovered a short time later. A police dog was used to locate the alleged offenders.
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