Prosecutor: Woman waiting for cab stole ambulance

Authorities say the woman stole the rig from outside an emergency room entrance


By Laura French

LAFAYETTE, Ind. — An Indiana woman allegedly stole an ambulance from outside a hospital last week while waiting for a cab. 

Wanda Luis Rodriguez, 40, was charged with auto theft and theft after allegedly driving the Tippecanoe Emergency Ambulance Service (TEAS) about 100 yards before being stopped by a hospital security guard, according to the Lafayette Journal & Courier

According to a prosecutors' affidavit, the security guard saw Rodriguez waiting for a cab outside the emergency room entrance and yelling at someone on the phone prior to the alleged theft. The guard said when they looked over again, Rodriguez was gone and the rig was driving away. 

TEAS paramedics said they saw Rodriguez sitting nearby the ER entrance when they first parked the rig, according to the affidavit. 

Rodriguez's bond was set at $5,000 and a court date was set for June 26. 

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