According to Butler law enforcement, the 29-year-old suspect stole in excess of $5,000 worth of auto parts and then hid the stolen parts at the local firehouse, which is located on Carey Avenue in Butler, New Jersey.
After being placed under arrest, the all-volunteer fire company suspended the suspect and stripped him of his rank of captain. While the criminal charges against the suspect remain pending, he will be barred from participating in any activities associated with the Butler fire department.
In addition to volunteering with the Butler fire department, the suspect was also employed at Route 23 Auto Mall in Butler, New Jersey. Authorities believe that the suspect stole the auto parts from the business and then stashed them in a shed behind the Butler NJ firehouse.
After getting a tip about the alleged theft, detectives with the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and Butler police officers started an investigation.
After being arrested on the stolen auto parts charges, the suspect posted $5,000 bail and was released from police custody
Now the suspect faces new charges for allegedly stealing donations intended for the Butler fire department. According to prosecutors, the suspect stole cash, as well as a $500 gift card.
The Butler Police Department is currently investigating the suspect. Anyone with information about the alleged theft or fraud crimes should contact investigators at 973-838-4100.
For more information about this case, go to the NJ.com article entitled “Butler Firefighter Accused of Theft Faces New Charges, Report Says.”