15 car break-ins reported at NC fire stations

The thieves are targeting firefighters' personal cars while they're out on calls; two guns were taken from one car


CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Fifteen car break-ins have been reported at Charlotte fire stations over the past week.

The Charlotte Observer reported that the break-ins started last weekend and continued into Friday morning when two more stations were targeted. A total of five stations have been hit, according to fire officials.

"These firefighters are out trying to protect lives and property, and it’s just wrong what they're coming back to," Charlotte Fire Capt. Dennis Gist said.

The suspects broke windows in some cars, rummaged through others and took personal property. Two guns were taken from a car at a firehouse while crews were on a call, WSOCtv.com reported.

"We feel that it could be someone who is monitoring our radio traffic," Lt. Mark Santaniello said. "We are taking some additional measures and we’re going to get to the bottom of this."

The police department believes the incidents are connected, but no arrests have been made yet.

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