July 30, 2014
Two men were arrested after leading officers on a chase in a stolen ambulance owned by the area's emergency medical service, police said.
Carlos Aldecoa, 22, of Sparks, and Alberto Sotelo, 18, of Reno, were booked early Sunday morning on suspicion of grand theft and possession of a stolen vehicle.
Police said the unoccupied REMSA ambulance was parked outside a Sparks convenience store when it was stolen shortly after 1 a.m. The vehicle's two-member crew was shopping inside at the time.
Officers then pursued the vehicle a couple of miles to east Sparks, where the suspects abandoned it and were later arrested.
No one was injured. The ambulance received moderate front-end damage.
REMSA spokesman Evan Schwartz said the two crew members apparently turned off the engine but left the key in the ignition when they went inside the store for about five minutes.
"We're always re-evaluating our policies and procedures, and I'm sure this will be one we're looking at," he said.