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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Burglars Capitalize on Mt. Diablo Fire, Steal From Empty Fire Station

Posted By on Wed, Sep 11, 2013 at 8:49 AM

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Perhaps it's the wedded firefighters who are suffering the most from the Mt. Diablo wildfire.

Earlier this week, a burglar reportedly broke into a Walnut Creek fire station while firefighters were out battling the now three-day-old blaze and stole wedding rings, among other valuables.

According to the Ex, firefighters returned to Fire Station No. 7 at 1050 Walnut Ave. Sunday evening after a long day of trying to contain the wildfire and noticed that some items had been moved around. After a quick sweep of the station, fire crews realized that someone had taken two firefighters' wedding rings, cash, and the fire captain's iPad, said Contra Costa County Fire Protection District spokesman Steve Aubert.

A day later, another desperate someone tried to break into Fire Station No. 3 at 1520 Rossmoor Parkway in Walnut Creek at about 2:30 a.m. while extremely exhausted firefighters slept.

The wannabe burglar reportedly woke firefighters when he/she tried to break in through a back window screen at the station. The would-be burglar saw the roused firefighters and fled.

No word on whether the two incidents were related, but given the fire is only 65 percent contained, extra fire crews are still in need. "We're going to be evaluating the security at each of the stations to provide a better level of security for the department's resources and personnel," Aubert assured reporters, and thus firefighters' husbands and wives.

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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