A FORMER ambulance worker who took an emergency vehicle for a joy ride and stole £1,000 worth of medical equipment has been given a 12-month community order.
Cannock Magistrates Court heard on Tuesday how Thomas Joshua Moody, of 15 The Croft, Hixon, admitted taking a Renault master ambulance without lawful consent and using the vehicle’s blue emergency lights on the joy ride on September 29.
At the time, Moody, 23, was employed by NSL Care Services, which is contracted by the NHS to transport patients by ambulance.
At an earlier hearing Moody admitted he and another defendant had trespassed at NSL’s Hixon depot at Unit 1, Airfield Industrial Estate, between July 20 and January 22 and stole an ambulance kit bag and medical equipment totalling £1,000.
Moody, who was previously a volunteer for St John Ambulance Brigade, also admitted stealing chocolate and biscuits from the same place between December 28 and January 22 and four emergency warning beacons belonging to a John Lloyd Salvage between December 10 and January 22.
Defending, Paul Lamb said: “He has no previous convictions and pleaded guilty at the first reasonable opportunity.
“He recognised matters had gotten beyond his control. It was as a result of Mr Moody’s approach to his employer that these matters were brought to light.
“His personality lends itself to being manipulated. He was previously of good character.”
Moody pleaded guilty to two counts of burglary, one count of theft and one count of taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent.
The presiding magistrate said: “This was a serious breach of trust.
“We have taken into consideration that he brought this to his employer’s attention and we give him credit for that.”
Moody was given a community order of 12 months supervision by the probation service, ordered to do 100 hours of unpaid work, pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £60.