Sandy Springs city officials are offering a $1,000 reward for help in solving what may be called a heartless crime: the theft of a pair of two automated external defibrillators that were stolen from city parks.

The devices, know as AEDs and used to diagnose and treat cardiac arrest, apparently were taken in two separate incidents. One was removed from the city’s baseball fields last week and the other from Overlook Park about a month ago, the city said in a press release.

“This goes beyond the mere taking of equipment. These thefts have life safety impacts on the community,” Mayor Rusty Paul in the release. “For someone experiencing a cardiac arrest, the presence of an AED can literally be the difference in survival.”

The reward is offered for information leading to the identity and arrest of the thieves. Anyone with information about the stolen AED units and information on those responsible are asked to contact Sandy Springs Police at 770-551-6900, or via the Tipsoft Application found on the Sandy Springs Police Facebook page (Facebook/SandySpringsPolice).

Joe Earle

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