Sydney man 'stole ambulance stretcher'

A Sydney man has been charged after he allegedly took a motorised ambulance stretcher for a joy ride after stealing it from paramedics in the CBD.

Ambulance officers were responding to reports of an intoxicated person on the corner of George Street and Albion Place about 1am Saturday and unloaded the $40,000 stretcher in preparation.

When they realised the premises had stairs, they left the stretcher outside and continued to the patient.

But when they returned, it was nowhere to be seen and the officers called police.

"It was pouring down and one guy lay on the gurney, another guy then pushed it along, raced past," Martin Jones from St John's Ambulance told the Nine Network.

"I couldn't believe it."

Not long after, a witness told local detectives they saw two men "riding on a motorised stretcher on George Street", according to NSW Police.

The stretcher was found several blocks away and a 22-year-old man was arrested.

He was charged with stealing, granted conditional bail and is expected to appear at Sydney's Downing Centre Local Court on May 16.

Police are still searching for the second man.