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Former volunteer firefighter arrested for stealing from fire departments

By: Tamara Evans Email
By: Tamara Evans Email

From fighting fires, to daily assignments and jobs, firefighters are busy and at times, away from their stations. It was during that time police say two Berea fire stations were burglarized.

"The first report was in October. One of firefighters had briefcase with $2,000 stolen" says Berea Police Captain Ken Clark.

In November, more items taken, including an iPod. Just last week, yet again, another incident but this time a firefighter was around.

"A vending machine was broken into and money stolen" says Captain Clark. "The firefighter heard something and got up and was able to get the make and model and license plate on the car".

Police arrested 21-year-old Michael Bowman, and recovered the keys taken from the fire department. We have learned Bowman is a former volunteer firefighter, released several months ago after being placed on bad standing with the fire department after he quit responding to fires for more than six months.

He's now facing several felony charges for allegedly burglarizing the places he once volunteered. If convicted, Bowman could face up to ten years in prison.

He will appear in court to face these charges in early January. Until then, he has been ordered to be on house incarceration after bonding out of jail.

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