EMT arrested for stealing drugs from ambulance service

Katherine Phillips and her boyfriend allegedly broke into First Call Ambulance Service and stole numerous medications

By EMS1 Staff

GALLATIN, Tenn. — An EMT and her boyfriend were arrested for stealing numerous drugs from an ambulance service, according to police.

WKRN reported that EMT Katherine Phillips and her boyfriend, Tyler McCombs, allegedly broke into First Call Ambulance Service to steal drugs such as fentanyl and morphine.

"We quickly established that the break-in was caused by a current or former employee," Gallatin Police Department Lt. Lamar Ballard said.

Police searched the couple’s home and found burglary tools, along with bags of numerous medications that had been stolen from the ambulance service.

Police said they found remnants of drugs in the stolen bags, but the fentanyl and morphine were already gone.

Lt. Ballard added that Phillips could have been high while on the job.

"It just goes to show the seriousness of the opioid crisis," he said. "It affects all walks of life. It turns people into stealing from their families, stealing from their employers."

Phillips is also under investigation for another crime, according to police.


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