Man arrested for vandalizing Calif. firehouse

The 23-year-old man also stole cash and clothes from a firefighter's car in the parking lot


The Orange County Register

TRABUCO CANYON, Calif. — A 23-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of spray painting a Trabuco Canyon fire station then stealing cash and clothes from a firefighter’s car on Tuesday.

Orange County sheriff’s deputies say that at about 1:45 p.m., Jessie Torres tagged the outside of the Orange County Fire Authority station on Trabuco Canyon Road.

Lt. John Roche said a firefighter found Torres inside another firefighter’s car in the parking lot.

When confronted, Torres is reported to have told the firefighter: “I’m just helping a friend organize his car.” Torres then ran off but was detained by firefighters in the parking lot of a nearby post office.

Torres was wearing three shirts he’d stolen from the firefighter’s car when he was taken into custody. He also stole gift cards, money and other miscellaneous items. They were all returned to the firefighter.

He was arrested on suspicion of petty theft, vandalizing and tampering with a vehicle. Roche said the graffiti was not gang-related or a hate crime.

No injuries were reported.

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