Firehouse Robbed While Firefighters Off Battling California Blaze

Wednesday, 11 Sep 2013 07:45 AM

By Michael Mullins

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A firehouse was robbed in California over the weekend while the firefighters were off fighting a blaze on Mount Diablo, near the San Francisco Bay Area.

The Walnut Creek firefighters reportedly returned to find their facility burglarized and an array of personal items, including iPads, cash, watches and two wedding rings stolen, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

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The burglary reportedly occurred Sunday night, according to Contra Costa County Fire Protection District officials.

"They probably came up with some kind of crow bar, stuck it in there and then popped the door open," Contra Costa Co. Fire Capt. Robert Marshall told local ABC News affiliate KGO-TV.

An attempted break-in occurred at another fire station in the area on the same night; however a lone firefighter who stayed back was able to scare off the intruder, who ran away, the Chronicle reported.

"You are out there saving other citizens' lives and property and helping them preserve theirs and you come back and to see your house has been violated," engineer Judon Cherry, who had his wedding band and watch stolen, told KGO-TV.

"It's just a slap in the face," Marshall added. "Who thinks to do that kind of thing?"

There have been no arrests made in either incident, which are still under investigation according to Lt. Steve Gorski.

In response, the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District is considering installing security cameras and extra locks at all of the fire stations, KGO-TV reports.

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