Painkillers stolen from Ambulance Victoria depot in Ballarat

POLICE are investigating a burglary at an Ambulance Victoria depot in Ballarat that resulted in the theft of a large amount of prescription drugs. 

Investigators are remaining tight lipped about the incident, however, an Ambulance Victoria source told The Courier the offenders made off with a large supply of fentanyl; a painkiller about 100 times stronger than morphine.

The source said midazolam, a strong drug used to treat seizures, and a considerable amount of morphine was also taken.

The offenders are believed to have gained entry to the Bridge Street, Sebastopol, premises between 7.30pm on Wednesday and 11.10pm on Thursday.

Police yesterday wouldn’t discuss details of the burglary but did say there was no sign of forced entry to the premises. 

It is understood an electronic swipe card is required to access the room containing drugs, with a further code required to access the safe.

The drugs were discovered  stolen at 11.15pm on Thursday, when the Sebastopol unit returned to the depot to re-stock,  the source said.

Ambulance Victoria Grampians regional manager Greg Leach refused to make any comment while the incident was still under police investigation.

However, he stressed the ambulance service had not been impacted in terms of medical supplies.

“We are co-operating with police but won’t comment further at this time as the investigation is continuing,” Mr Leach said.

“Ambulance Victoria services have not been impacted. We will not discuss our security measures.”

Ballarat Criminal Investigation Unit is investigating the matter and urge anyone with information

to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

patrick.nolan@fairfaxmedia.com.au

tom.cowie@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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