Glen Rock police probe theft of outdoor defibrillators from athletic fields

GLEN ROCK – Police are investigating the thefts of four outdoor AEDs, or automated external defibrillators, from borough athletic fields between Thursday and Sunday.

The AEDs were stolen from fields at the Richard E. Byrd School, the Alexander Hamilton School and Upper Faber Field, Capt. Jonathan Miller said. Two were taken from the Alexander Hamilton School.

“I’m outraged that somebody would steal a piece of life-saving equipment,” Miller said.

The thefts were reported to police Monday, he said. The AEDs are stored in alarmed boxes that are not locked and make noise when they are opened. They are maintained and distributed by the borough’s department of parks and recreation.

These thefts put people’s “health and welfare in serious jeopardy,” Miller said, noting that police response to a medical call at the field could take minutes.

“Somebody is taking those three or four minutes and it could have been zero,” he said.

The detective bureau will be reviewing video footage from the schools and the recycling complex, he said. The machines have been registered as stolen equipment.

The machines are made by Cardiac Science and cost between $1,500 and $1,800 each. They were paid for through local donations, Miller said.