Cops release video of man who stole ambulance near Mag Mile last month

Chicago police today released video of the man who allegedly posed as a fireman to steal a private ambulance and a motorist’s car near the Magnificent Mile on July 11.

As CWBChicago first reported shortly after the incident, victims and witnesses believed the thief was wearing a fireman’s uniform, but officers said the offender’s outfit more closely resembled a construction worker.

The newly-released video shows the man tossing a variety of packages into the idling ambulance’s passenger seat as it sits unattended outside the Warren Barr Living and Rehab Center at 66 West Oak around 9:41 a.m. He then climbs behind the wheel and drives away with the Lifeline-branded ambulance.

About two blocks away, the thief pulled over and told a 47-year-old man that he needed the man’s car keys so he could move his vehicle for an emergency, police said last month. Dashcam video from the ambulance shows the thief looking into the man’s white Ford Fusion before he allegedly stole it.

Some contents of the ambulance were also stolen, according to details released by CPD last month.

Anyone with information about the suspect can contact Detective Miller at 312-724-7456 regarding case JD-293695.

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