Chris Fox, CP24.com
Posted on Saturday, December 29, 2018 18:15 EST
Last updated: Saturday, December 29, 2018, 18:42 EST
Police unveiled images from a surveillance camera of a man who stole a defibrillator device from a GO bus terminal in Square One Mall in Mississauga on Friday afternoon.
Police say the suspect approached the cashier near the terminal around 3:30 pm. and told them that the person in the parking lot is in a state of cardiac arrest and needs an automatic external defibrillator (AED).
It is alleged that the man then took out AED from the office near the ticket office and left the room.
According to the representative of Metrolinx, Anna Marie Aykins, the theft was not detected until the cashier called 911 and the response staff "did not spend much time trying to find someone in distress."
“It worries us very much. Firstly, it is expensive equipment, which we must now urgently replace – it saves lives, and this station is now without AED. Another important consideration is that if it is used improperly on someone, it can be very dangerous. It is very disturbing that someone would steal it. ”
Aykins said that a stolen AED costs about $ 1,500. She said that this summer one of the devices was stolen from the Bloor GO station.
“Of course, it’s very disturbing that people will ever consider the possibility of stealing AED,” she said.
The police described the man as white, unshaven and about 25 years old, thin build. The last time he was seen in a white hat with a red inscription, a blue backpack, white shoes and a gray coat.
Anyone who has information is asked to contact the Criminal Investigation Bureau of the 12th Division by calling (905) 453-2121 Ext 1233.