Menu

Woman charged with stealing firefighting equipment

A woman in Lismore has been charged with stealing valuable firefighting equipment from a truck that had been at fires in Casino earlier in the day. Photo RFS

It seems inconceivable that in the middle of a bushfire emergency someone would break into a fire truck and steal valuable firefighting equipment. But that’s exactly what happened earlier yesterday (Thursday, August 23) in Lismore.

Police have now arrested a woman who they say was dressed in a stolen RFS uniform at the time.

About 6.30am, a Rural Fire Service truck was parked at a motel carpark on Molesworth Street, Lismore.

As volunteers recuperated at the motel after fighting fires in Casino, their fire truck was broken into and fire jackets, pants, gloves, jumpers and a ration pack of food was stolen.

Upon discovering the theft from the RFS truck, police were called and an investigation was commenced.

Police located a 44-year-old woman – who they allege was dressed in the stolen clothing – about 100m from the motel. She was arrested and taken to Lismore Police Station where she was charged with goods in custody.

She was given conditional bail and will appear in Lismore Local Court on September 3.

The equipment was returned to the Rural Fire Service as they required it for operational duties.

Police continue their investigations into the recent bushfires around the Richmond Police District and are appealing for anyone who may have information concerning the fires to come forward.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

 

Become a supporter of The Echo

A note from the editorial team

Some of The Echo’s editorial team: journalists Paul Bibby and Aslan Shand, editor Hans Lovejoy, photographer Jeff Dawson and Mandy Nolan

The Echo has never underestimated the intelligence and passion of its readers. In a world of corporate banality and predictability, The Echo has worked hard for more than 30 years to help keep Byron and the north coast unique with quality local journalism and creative ideas. We think this area needs more voices, reasoned analysis and ideas than just those provided by News Corp, lifestyle mags, Facebook groups and corporate newsletters.

The Echo is one hundred per cent locally owned and one hundred per cent independent. As you have probably gathered from what is happening in the media industry, it is not cheap to produce a weekly newspaper and a daily online news service of any quality.

We have always relied entirely on advertising to fund our operations, but often loyal readers who value our local, independent journalism have asked how they could help ensure our survival.

Any support you can provide to The Echo will make an enormous difference. You can make a one-off contribution or a monthly one. With your help, we can continue to support a better informed local community and a healthier democracy for another 30 years.”

Echonetdaily is made possible by the support of all of our advertisers.