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.

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