ATLANTA - Atlanta Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying two men they said stole a Grady medical bus in southwest Atlanta.
Investigators said the driver of the EMS transportation bus left the keys inside the vehicle while he shopped at the Family Dollar on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.
"He got out of his vehicle, left the vehicle running, left the vehicle unsecured," said Sgt. Warren Pickard with Atlanta Police. "In the process of doing some shopping another customer approached him and told him that some people took his bus and was driving away."
Detectives said the medical bus was equipped with dash-cam video and shows the crooks driving the van. Atlanta Police said the guys turned onto Delmar Lane and then made a left on Hemphill School Road NW.
In the dash-cam video you can hear the crooks talking and listening to music. You can also see one of the crooks smoking. Investigators said when they recovered the bus it smelled very strongly of burnt marijuana. Atlanta Police said it was a bold move, but also a crime of opportunity since the keys were left inside the vehicle.
"Had the vehicle been locked and secured then this probably would not have happened, but we have people out here looking for those opportunities to commit crimes and we have to make that really hard for them to do so," said Sgt. Pickard.
A spokesperson for Grady Hospital said the matter is still under investigation so nothing has been determined regarding disciplinary action.
Investigators ask anyone with information to contact the Atlanta Police Department or Crime Stoppers 404.577.TIPS. You can remain anonymous and there is a reward of up to $2,000 for information that leads to an arrest.