Personal items including two laptop computers, a cellphone and a wallet of which all belonged to eight firefighters were sleeping in a Memphis fire station while thieves took advantage and sneaked in.
According to a police report, most of the reported stolen items were kept from a break room where a firefighter was sleeping. A mountain bike was also stolen from another part of the station.
The burglary was discovered Wednesday morning at Memphis Fire Station #11 at 1826 Union in Midtown Memphis. It is still unclear how many thieves were involved.
“It blows my mind,” said Thomas Malone, president of the Memphis Fire Fighters Association.
“It’s brazen sons of (expletive) to do that. To come in there with a bunch of firefighters sleeping. They’d beat the (expletive) out of them if they woke up.”
Malone said he’s also heard of recent burglaries at other fire stations. The firefighters association sent social media warnings to its members this week to lock up valuables and make sure stations are secure.
These firefighters typically work 24-hour shifts and if they’re not busy during the night time, they go to sleep.
“That’s their home away from home, and they’ll buy stuff for the fire station. It’s not uncommon for fire stations to be outfitted with TVs and other home-like comforts,” he said.
The police report said the firefighters on Union went to sleep shortly after midnight. The morning after, they found items gone. A window on a fire engine bay was wide open.
One firefighter’s wallet was stolen, and early that same morning, someone used his credit and debit cards to run up $359 worth of charges at a West Memphis Walmart, $105 at a West Memphis Love’s gas station, and another $495.88 worth of charges at the West Memphis Walmart, the report says. A cash advance was attempted but denied.
Malone said the fire department is taking the situation seriously. “I can tell you that the word’s spreading. And I wouldn’t want to be the one to go into one of those fire stations now with people on the lookout.”
Source: WMC Action News 5