Lismore Square manager Geoff Gooch with senior constable Amanda Vidler and the stolen defibrillator.
Lismore Square manager Geoff Gooch with senior constable Amanda Vidler and the stolen defibrillator.

Heartless act thwarted by police

Lismore police have recovered a defibrillator that was stolen from the Lismore Square Shopping Centre on Sunday night.

A 22-year-old man has been arrested and charged with stealing in relation to the event and will appear in Lismore Local Court on February 22.

Defibrillators are devices that apply an electrical charge to the heart when somebody suffers a cardiac arrest. The one that hangs on the wall outside the Square’s administration office is designed to be used by somebody with minimal training and actually talks them through the critical steps of defibrillation and CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) until the ambulance arrives.

Police believe it was an opportunistic crime as the unit has no real value for anything other than its intended use.

“Something with heart starter written on the front of it sounds like something you might need on Saturday morning after a big Friday night,” Lismore Square manager Geoff Gooch said.

He praised the work of the police who were able to make the arrest after viewing CCTV footage.

Police say they are confident of making a further arrest.

“With 64 CCTV cameras around the centre, if you do something wrong you are likely to get caught,” Mr Gooch said.

Crime manager Detective Inspector Moore said, “we are pleased this valuable piece of equipment has now been returned for use in the community.”


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