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2 charged after Armstrong van stolen at hospital recovered

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UPDATED: Melrose Police Chief Michael Lyle and Armstrong Ambulance CEO Richard Raymond report that an investigation is underway after an Armstrong nonemergency transportation van was stolen from the lot of a local hospital.

An Armstrong Ambulance Service 2016 Ford Transit Van with Mass. ambulance license plate no. 2744 was reported missing from outside the emergency department of MelroseWakefield Hospital between 6:30 and 6:40 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 19. The van had arrived to pick up a patient being discharged when an unknown suspect stole the vehicle.

WCVB reported this afternoon that two people were taken into custody after a motorist saw the van on Route 1 in Peabody and alerted police. "We attempted a stop, suspects refused to stop, we pursued into Lynn, where suspects crashed into parked car," state police tweeted.  Charged were:

Daniel Walsh, 22, of Melrose, the driver of the ambulance during the pursuit, charged with receiving a stolen motor vehicle, failure to stop for police, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, operating with a suspended license, committing a marked lanes violation, larceny, and shoplifting.

Nicholas Burke, 23, of Peabody, the passenger, charged with receiving a stolen motor vehicle, larceny, and shoplifting.
Melrose Police will seek charges related to the actual theft of the ambulance.

State police provided more details >> 

No patients were on-board the van at the time, and no one was injured in the incident. Armstrong Ambulance officials have confirmed that no medications or medical equipment was on-board the "chair car" van at the time.

The incident is under investigation by the Melrose Police Department. Melrose police is in contact with staff from MelroseWakefield Hospital. Armstrong Ambulance is cooperating fully with the police investigation.

A file photo from Armstrong Ambulance shows the 2016 Ford Transit nonemergency van that was stolen. A file photo of the 2016 Ford Transit nonemergency van that was stolen on Thursday. / Armstrong Ambulance

If anyone has any information on the whereabouts of the transport van or sees one that matches its description, he or she is asked to contact the Melrose Police Department at 781-665-1212. 

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This news announcement was published Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, and updated with a TV report, as well as a state police release.





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