A Butler New Jersey firefighter has been accused of hiding stolen auto parts at the local firehouse and stealing donations to the fire department.
According to Butler NJ authorities, the 29-year-old suspect stole more than $5,000 worth of auto parts and then stashed them at the local firehouse on Carey Avenue.
After being arrested and charged, the suspect was suspended from the all-volunteer fire company and stripped of his rank of captain. While the charges are pending, he will be prohibited from participating in activities associated with the Butler fire department.
In addition to serving with the Butler fire department, the suspect also worked at Route 23 Auto Mall in Butler, NJ. It is believed that the suspect stole the auto parts from the business and then hid them in a shed located behind the Butler firehouse.
After receiving a tip about the alleged theft, Butler police officers and detectives with the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office began an investigation into the suspect.
The suspect was eventually charged with theft of movable property and receiving stolen property.
Sometime after being placed under arrest on the stolen auto parts charges, the suspect secured his release from police custody by posting $5,000 bail.
Now the suspect has been accused of stealing donations intended for the fire department. According to officials, the suspect stole cash and a $500 gift card.
The Butler Police Department is actively investigating the suspect. Anyone who has information about the alleged theft or fraud offenses is asked to contact investigators at 973-838-4100.
For further information about this case, view the NJ.com article entitled “Butler Firefighter Accused of Theft Faces New Charges, Report Says.”