A St John ambulance has been found after it was stolen from a station in Geraldine, Canterbury.
A 37-year-old man from Timaru has been charged following the theft.
The crew locked and secured the ambulance at the Geraldine St John Station after their last job around 6pm on Sunday, according to a St John media statement.
The station was broken into overnight, the statement says, and when ambulance officers went to the station in the early hours of Monday morning, they discovered the ambulance was stolen, along with a St John ambulance uniform.
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"It is reprehensible that someone would steal an ambulance, limiting our ability to provide essential emergency care to the public," said St John Canterbury District Operations Manager Dion Rosario.
"We have located another ambulance for the Geraldine crew to use so this doesn't impact patient safety."
St John is working with New Zealand Police who have just located the abandoned ambulance near the township of Cave and it will be checked for damage.