Looters reportedly stole from a firefighter over the weekend in Santa Cruz, California, as he helped battle fires raging in the area. The Santa Cruz Fire Ground Commander had returned to his work vehicle and noticed his wallet was missing and then discovered his bank account was empty, according to KRON 4.
“It’s unfortunate and sickening that one of our Fire Ground Commanders in that area, while out taking care of business and directing firefighting crews, somebody entered his department vehicle and stole his wallet and drained his bank account,” a Cal Fire official said during a press briefing on Sunday.
So that’s the extent that these people have gone. Again, this is why we have asked for people to evacuate. The sheriff’s department has done a fantastic job in trying to wrangle this. But again, this is what we have as a result. It’s saddening, it’s sickening, and we are doing everything we can do try to help the community and unfortunately, these happen.
WARNING: A GoFundMe account is circulating, purporting to be established in support of the CAL FIRE employee who's personal belongings were stolen recently. This account is not associated with CAL FIRE, or anyone connected to the department. Please use caution if donating. pic.twitter.com/2Efehq4LxO— CAL FIRE CZU (@CALFIRECZU) August 23, 2020
Shameless. Looters steal firefighter’s wallet as he battles historic California wildfires, official | Just The News https://t.co/2qupbbfpHj— John Solomon (@jsolomonReports) August 24, 2020
Firefighters battling CZU Lightning Fire now being targeted by thieves. CalFire says a commander directing firefighting efforts had wallet stolen from fire vehicle and bank account drained.. pic.twitter.com/HHEsiNhvY2— Felix Cortez (@FelixKSBW) August 23, 2020
Fox News: California looters snatch firefighter’s wallet, drain bank account during massive CZU blaze: report.https://t.co/iyYFFL3x9z— JhonJohn MosesKing (@JhonJohn9775O) August 24, 2020
Authorities in the Northern California fire zone are warning about criminals taking advantage of the crisis, including one case in which officials said a firefighter was victimized https://t.co/ilVTuDGnWn— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) August 23, 2020
Timelapse of quickly growing fire in the Santa Cruz Mountains, California. pic.twitter.com/lwPLluDyjV— The Dark Side Of Nature (@Darksidevid) August 24, 2020
Flying over the fire in Santa Cruz... this is crazy pic.twitter.com/Ld6GkUWekp— gannon agnew (@gannonkagnew) August 22, 2020