Despicable thieves stole an ambulance while paramedics were treating a patient at their North Wales home.
The emergency vehicle was taken from the Deeside area of Flintshire last night (Saturday) forcing another to be dispatched.
The stolen ambulance was later found abandoned having been damaged.
North Wales Police are now investigating and said the incident "put people's lives in danger."
The force's intercept team said: "Absolutely shocked to be writing a post of this nature.
"Last night a Welsh Ambulance Service vehicle was stolen whilst the crew were delivering care to a patient in a nearby property.
"The Interceptors responded and located the vehicle damaged on Dee View, Shotton.
"I’m sure many will agree this is appalling behaviour putting the lives of many at risk."
The Welsh Ambulance Service said that the act "could have led to very serious harm" if crews had needed to take the patient to hospital urgently.
A spokeswoman said: "The theft of an emergency ambulance is an extremely irresponsible act placing patients and the public at risk.
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"Had the crew needed to access additional emergency equipment from the vehicle, or to urgently convey the patient to hospital, this act could have led to very serious harm.
"North Wales Police are now leading enquiries to identify the offenders and we would encourage members of the public to come forward with any information regarding the theft.
"North Wales Police have dispatched their crime scene examiners who will forensically examine the vehicle."
They explained that their services have been "extremely busy" during winter months and the coronavirus pandemic and that the incident is being treated "incredibly seriously," Wales Online reports.
The spokeswoman added: "Our services have been extremely busy dealing with winter pressures, alongside the challenges of the pandemic.
"We will be supporting our North Wales Police colleagues to find the person responsible, and bring them to justice.
"This is a very rare occurrence but is being treated incredibly seriously."
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