Miss. coast man accused of stealing from ambulance

Published 9:36 pm Thursday, April 23, 2009

A south Mississippi man remained jailed Thursday on accusations he stole two medical bags from an unsecured ambulance while paramedics were inside a hospital tending to a patient.

Ocean Springs police say 21-year-old Ryan Scott Odom of Vancleave is charged with burglary and being held on a $100,000 bond. Odom was arraigned this week for the April 16 incident outside Ocean Springs Hospital.

Police Capt. Terry Harris says Odom is accused of jumping into the back of the ambulance near the emergency room and stealing bags that had pain medication, syringes and other items.

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Harris says a woman called the police department to report Odom dropped off the bags at her home. Ambulance workers told police nothing was missing from the bags.