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Vol. firefighter charged with stealing, pawning gear

The firefighter allegedly stole over $3,500 worth of gear and equipment

By FireRescue1 Staff

COLONIE, N.Y. — A NY volunteer firefighter has been charged with stealing gear and selling it to a pawnshop.

Firefighter James E. Turley, 39, was arrested Monday after a volunteer from Shaker Road-Loudonville Fire Department accused him of taking $3,644 worth of gear and selling it to a local pawnshop.

Police say a member of another fire department heard about the stolen items Jan. 16 from the pawnshop employees.

Seven helmets, a fire jacket, a pair of fire trousers, a pair of gloves, an air mask face piece, and a harness and rescue system were among the items stolen and sold, according to the Times-Union.

Firefighter Turley is now being held in jail and is due back in court Wednesday.

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Jeanette Nord Jeanette Nord Wednesday, January 23, 2013 8:38:04 PM What an idiot
Wendy Fisette Hause Wendy Fisette Hause Thursday, January 24, 2013 6:34:36 AM A disgrace to our profession. Hope they throw the book at him.
Lonnie Kuhn Lonnie Kuhn Thursday, January 24, 2013 7:21:51 AM Our department is very aware of things like this happening. We have had to press charges on one firefighter for not returning gear after he was released from out Volunteer Department. We are in the process now of filing charges on another volunteer that hasn't returned department issued radio and pager. It is kinda a ridiculous how some have no regard for us, and how there actions reflect on us all.
Mark Green Mark Green Thursday, January 24, 2013 7:50:30 AM Do morons like this one really think they can get away with this? What an idiot!

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