SAN BERNARDINO (CBSLA) — The public’s help is needed to identify a person who broke into a fire station and stole thousands of dollars worth of firefighter equipment.
The burglary happened at about 6:45 p.m. on April 19, at the Cottonwood Fire Station just south of Silverwood Lake off Highway 138.READ MORE: High Heat Expected To Grip Southern California This Week
Security camera footage released by San Bernardino National Forest officials show the burglar pried open a door and left with a firefighter backpack. The backpack was filled with gear and a toolbox of miscellaneous hand tools, worth about $2,000.READ MORE: Range Fire: Firefighters Battling Small Brush Fire In Sylmar From Ground, Air
“This is especially distressing to happen as we approach a very busy fire season,” Forest Service Law enforcement officer Ishmill Lett said in a statement. “The stolen items are critical to our firefighter’s work on incidents.
The burglar was described as a slender white or Hispanic male with a goatee driving a gray, four-door vehicle, possibly a Honda Accord. Authorities say the burglar may have changed his facial hair since April.MORE NEWS: Beloved Security Guard Killed In Hit-And-Run In Long Beach Identified As Derrick Smith
Anyone with information about the burglary can call (909) 383-5651.