Authorities have recovered an ambulance that was stolen early Sunday morning in Ogden.
The emergency vehicle was stolen from the area of 3rd Street and Washington Boulevard around 2:50 a.m., the city said in a statement.
An Ogden Fire Department crew was responding to a medical emergency in the area. When they exited the building to transport the patient to the hospital, the ambulance was gone.
Ogden Police shared a post Sunday morning about the theft, and around 8:30 a.m. someone called in a tip that they saw the ambulance in a neighbor’s back yard on the 500 block of 7th Street.
The vehicle was not damaged, nor was any equipment taken.
“Although the recovery was a success, the theft of the ambulance compromised patient care. The delay in patient care while waiting for a second ambulance to arrive could have had negative outcome for this patient in need,” Ogden City wrote. “Driving an emergency vehicle requires training and when driven improperly creates a dangerous situation for the unknowing citizens who share the roadway.”
Police are investigating, but there is currently no known suspect or motive behind the theft.