Have you bought any AEDs on eBay recently? A Washington man has been accused of stealing AEDs and selling them on the popular Internet bidding site.
Derrick Davis, 40, allegedly stole 13 defibrillators from Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority facilities where he works. Although the valued total loss was about $18,000, Davis sold each unit for a much lower price.
The alleged thief was eventually arrested after undercover officers contacted him through eBay and made an arrangement to purchase one of the stolen goods for $300. After the transaction was carried through, Davis was charged with theft and suspended from his job. Officials say more charges may be filed.
We give a big thumbs down to Davis. Stealing from public services is awful enough, but taking devices that are meant to save lives is downright deplorable. We are thankful no one needed to use the AEDs during Davis’ spree, and encourage companies and individuals to buy used AEDs from reputable sources.
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