LAWRENCEVILLE, Georgia — A brazen thief targeting firehouses broke into cars outside several Georgia stations as firefighters were off battling a blaze.
Gwinnett County fire officials say the Sunday night robbery spree was the second time this year a crook had waited until firefighters were off on a call to break into their vehicles and make off with their belongings.
“Whether they occur at a fire station, shopping center or private residence, these nefarious acts have no place in our society. Those responsible demonstrate a lack of respect for the personal property of others, especially those who are serving and protecting our community,” said Gwinnett Fire Capt. Tommy Rutledge.
In one of the break-ins, the thief was spotted by a Gwinnett County cop but the suspect fled on foot and was able to get away. Authorities said the male suspect was wearing dark jeans and a hoodie.
County police said they plan to increase patrols around area firehouse, especially when firefighters are out on calls.