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Former ambulance driver pleads guilty to stealing heart monitors

Josh White

A former ambulance driver who briefly worked at Children's National Medical Center and the Washington Hospital Center in the District pleaded guilty Monday to stealing two expensive heart monitors out of ambulances and trying to sell them to a company in New York.

Kyle Walcott, 31, of Baltimore, was accused of stealing two Lifepak 12 Defibrillator/Monitors from parked ambulances at Children's hospital and at a V Street, Northeast facility belonging to Lifestar Response, the company for which Walcott worked. Walcott worked for Lifestar for just more than two weeks in November 2008.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, Walcott stole the monitors in mid-November 2008 and then shipped them to a company in upstate New York from a Baltimore UPS store. The monitors, which are critical pieces of equipment in an ambulance, are worth approximately $15,000 each when new.

The New York company, which had purchased used medical equipment from Walcott in the past, became suspicious upon receiving the nearly new, high-end equipment he had sent. The company then traced the serial numbers back to Lifestar and learned they had been stolen.

Walcott, officials said, admitted his guilt in interviews with investigators. He entered a guilty plea before U.S. Magistrate Judge Alan Kay in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Monday. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 4 and faces a maximum sentence of up to 10 years in jail, but sentencing guidelines likely will result in a sentence of no more than six months in jail and a fine of between $1,000 and $10,000, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.

-- Josh White

By Josh White  |  May 17, 2010; 2:08 PM ET
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I wonder how much he was trying to get for those monitors.

Posted by: Special_One40 | May 17, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

What a scumbag. Hopsitals are the new place to loot. Sue doctors, sue nurses, and find a good ambulance chasing doctor.

Now we have here someone who decided to just loot directly. Great society.

Posted by: FiatBooks | May 17, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

I guess crime does pay sometimes; steal two heart monitors valued at $15K each and get a $1K fine and six months in jail. Why wouldn't he fine be equal to the value of the monitors?

Posted by: Beingsensible | May 18, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Why wouldn't you at least make him pay a fine equal to the cost of the prosecution and investigation into this theft. I know it cost more than $10,000 to investigate and bring this case forward. he should be responsible for that as well as punitive damages for being a thief!

Posted by: pennv | May 18, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

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