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What do you do during the holiday season when you’re homeless, broke, and require the services of a professional clothing removal engineer? You steal an ambulance and head for the state line:


The Pontiac man, whose name was not released, came across the unlocked Star EMS ambulance outside of the emergency entrance at McLaren Oakland Hospital in Pontiac around 11 p.m. Sunday.

EMT personnel — a 20-year-old Sterling Heights resident and a 40-year-old Milford resident — had rushed a patient into the hospital and left the keys in the ignition, according to the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office.

“They came back outside and their rig was gone,” said Undersheriff Michael McCabe.

One of the emergency medical technicians had left a cell phone in the ambulance and police were able to track the vehicle to an area near 18 Mile and Ryan roads in Sterling Heights. Oakland County sheriff’s deputies then worked with Sterling Heights officers to locate the ambulance and pull it over.

“They asked him what was going on and he said ‘I’m going to the Booby Trap to see a dancer,’” McCabe said.

There’s no happy ending to our tale, as The Booby Trap had closed down some time ago.

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