LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) -- When someone is experiencing cardiac arrest, the chance of survival decreases by 10% each minute defibrillation is delayed. Automated External Defibrillators, or AEDs, can get patients life-saving intervention before first responders arrive on scene.
Lincoln Police are asking for the public's help identifying a man who they say stole a life-saving AED from Southeast Community College's downtown campus.
"There was a male that entered into the college campus downtown, walked up to one of the cases where the defibrillator is stored, removed it, and walked around for a short amount of time with the defibrillator. Then he proceeded to walk right out of the front doors with the defibrillator stuffed under his armpit," said Lincoln Police Officer Chassidy Jackson-Goodwin.
While the theft occurred in November, it takes time for investigators to process surveillance images and release those images to the public. Police want to find the man -- and find out why he stole the device.
"What is the purpose of taking it?" asked Officer Jackson-Goodwin. "Especially if you can't provide any medical attention to anyone. If you don't know how to use it."
New AED packages, specially equipped for schools, can run between $1,000 and $2,000. The estimated loss in this case is around $1,600.
"I don't know if they think that they can pawn it or sell it. I have no idea. That's why we want to find out and get them identified so we can interview them."
If you recognize the suspect in this case, call Lincoln Crime Stoppers at 402-475-3600. You can also live an anonymous tip on the Crime Stoppers website.
If you'd like to get trained on how to use an AED, the American Red Cross offers CPR/AED training courses. You can find more information on those courses here.