• Thu. Nov 26th, 2020

Man arrested for stealing from Cal Fire firefighter working Santa Cruz Co fire – KSBW Monterey

Man arrested for stealing from Cal Fire firefighter working Santa Cruz Co fire

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Good afternoon, everybody. I’m Jim Hart, Sheriff Corner, Santa Cruz County. And today we’re gonna give you some news about the stolen wallet with the Cal Fire firefighter. And then I’m gonna call Chief Deputy Chris Clark up here. Who’s gonna announce some additional information regarding another matter? Uh, so as you can recall, several days ago, we reported that somebody had taken a wallet from the car belonging to a Cal Fire firefighter and then charged some credit card and bank charges on that card. And yeah, that that case really resonated with me. Because here we had somebody who came from completely out of the area, left their family, left their their normal life to come here to Santa Cruz County to help our community get through the most catastrophic fire that we’ve seen in our history and that somebody has the audacity to steal from this man. And so I was upset about it in that that’s not who we are here in Santa Cruz County, and that’s not a good representation of our community to take advantage of somebody who’s come here to help us. And so I signed one of our investigation units to the case and our investigation. Sergeant Dan Robbins lead this team. They worked this case. They receive some good information from a citizen that led to the identification of Brian Johnson. Do you see here in this photograph who’s a live oak resident, which is an area between the city of capital in the city of Santa Cruz? The investigations team went to his house and conducted a probation search because this man is on on former probation and they located the clothing that was depicted in the video in the photographs that we posted on our Facebook. And they also recovered merchandise that had recently been purchased are investigators sat down with Mr Johnson and talk to him. And clearly he did not realize when he used this firefighters credit card what he was getting himself into, and he admitted that he had used the credit cards and made the charges. He also sat down and wrote a letter of apology two the fireman and he was then arrested for multiple felony charges, including forgery, grand theft, credit card theft, possession of stolen property and a probation violation. And for all you folks out there that are riding on the side of the Facebook saying catching release. They’re gonna let him out. We’re not gonna let him out. He’s an on a probation violation. He’s going to stay there, and I’m sure the court is gonna gonna hold him. And I’ve been in communication with the district attorney’s office, and I spoke with Jeff Rozelle last night and this morning about the case, and D. A. Rozelle is committed to filing the appropriate felony charges in this case, and this gentleman will be arraigned, I believe, on either Friday afternoon or Monday. I want to touch on a couple of things. I know that the Cal Fire executives as well as myself, have received a lot of phone calls and a lot of e mails, not just from our community members, but from people across the country. I received the email from a man in New York, New York State, and there’s been a lot of people who have tried to reach out to this firefighter to help him. We’ve had people offer to pay the whole bill. We’ve had offers of donations, and so we’ve been a communication with the firefighter. Fortunately, his bank and his credit card company reversed all charges. And so this the victim. The firefighter in this case told us that, Hey, I’ve been made whole Everything’s been reversed And so he wanted to extend his appreciation for all the support and the offers. But he said, he’s good now, and all he wants to do is get up on that fire line and do his job. I also want to commend our investigations team. They were given this case about three days ago, maybe 2.5 days ago, and to turn around this case from a person wearing a mask in a store to on arrest in a convict and a confession within 48 hours is really good police work.

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Man arrested for stealing from Cal Fire firefighter working Santa Cruz Co fire

Sheriff Jim Hart announced the arrest of a man who is accused of stealing the wallet of a firefighters who was working the CZU Lightning Complex. Brian Johnson, of Live Oak, was arrested after a swift investigation by the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Hart said Johnson wrote a note to apologize to the firefighter before he was arrested. The Cal Fire ground commander was at the scene of the CZU Lightning Complex Fire and directing firefighting crews when someone went into his Cal Fire vehicle, stole his wallet and drained his bank account.“It’s unfortunate and sickening,” Cal Fire Incident Chief Mark Brunton said during a briefing on Sunday.>> Watch the live press conference in the video player above. This is a developing story, stay with KSBW 8 for the latest.

Sheriff Jim Hart announced the arrest of a man who is accused of stealing the wallet of a firefighters who was working the CZU Lightning Complex.

Brian Johnson, of Live Oak, was arrested after a swift investigation by the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Hart said Johnson wrote a note to apologize to the firefighter before he was arrested.

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The Cal Fire ground commander was at the scene of the CZU Lightning Complex Fire and directing firefighting crews when someone went into his Cal Fire vehicle, stole his wallet and drained his bank account.

“It’s unfortunate and sickening,” Cal Fire Incident Chief Mark Brunton said during a briefing on Sunday.

>> Watch the live press conference in the video player above.

This is a developing story, stay with KSBW 8 for the latest.