Chris Fox, CP24.com
Published Saturday, December 29, 2018 18:15 EST
Last Updated Saturday, December 29, 2018 18:42 EST
Peel police have released images of surveillance cameras from a man who stole a defibrillator device from the GO bus terminal at Square One Shopping Center in Mississauga on Friday afternoon.
Police said that the suspect approached a cashier at the terminal around 3:30 a.m. and tell them that someone is in a parking lot in a heart attack and needs an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED).
Allegedly the man then removed the AED from the cabinet next to the ticket window and left the place.
According to a spokesman for Metrolinx Anne Marie Aikins, the theft was not discovered until the teller called 911 and the first respondent "spent a lot of time looking for someone who was suffering."
"It was very worrying for us. First, it is expensive equipment that we must now replace immediately – this saves lives and the station now without AED. Another important consideration is that if it is used inappropriately on someone, it can be very dangerous. It's annoying that someone will steal it. "
Aikins said that the stolen AEDs cost around $ 1,500. He said that one of the devices was also stolen from the Bloor GO station this summer.
"It's very worrying for sure that people will ever consider stealing AEDs," he said.
The police described the man as white, unshaven, and about 25 years old, with a thin body. He was last seen wearing a white beanie with red writing, a blue backpack, white shoes and a gray coat.
Anyone who has information is asked to contact the Criminal Investigation Bureau 12 Divisions at (905) 453-2121 Ext 1233.