The Rutherglen Bowling Club has been left devastated after its defibrillator was callously stolen from outside the club house.
President Chris Langdon said the machine was moved outside the club two years ago to allow members of the public access in an emergency.
He said the machine and training cost the club $2500, and they would now have to pay over $1500 to replace the machine.
"That's not a small amount for a little community club like us," he said.
"Our only concern is that it was there for club members and also other community areas in close proximity to us, it would be devastating if there was an incident where it was required [before] we get a replacement."
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Mr Langdon said the crime was senseless and only served to hurt the community and endanger lives.
"There's not much you can do with them unless you have a patient," he said.
"I can't think of what someone would want to do with it."
The machine was taken sometime between last Saturday and last Tuesday.
Mr Langdon pleaded with the thief to return the device.
"It's very disappointing," he said.
"Please return it."
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