Thieves Steal From Firehouse While Crew Out on Call

Firefighters responded to a call Monday, only to come back to a burglarized firehouse, officials say

Trenton firefighters say they returned from a Halloween-morning alarm to find their firehouse had been broken into and personal items stolen.

The thieves got into Engine Co. 1 through an unlocked window sometime between 10:30 and 11 a.m. Monday, Fire Director Qareeb Bashir tells the Times of Trenton.

Bashir wouldn't say how much the thieves made off with nor estimate a dollar amount in losses because he doesn't want firehouses to become targets.

“We were just fortunate that they didn’t take more,” he told the Times.

The break-in wasn't the only time in October that the city's firefighters were crime victims, reports the Times.

On Oct. 15, a group tried to steal equipment from an engine and on Oct. 21, a teen was accused of hurling a concrete block at firefighters. No injuries were reported.

Despite the crimes, Bashir does not think that firefighters are being purposely targeted.

“I don’t really look at it that we’re being specifically targeted,” Bashir told the Times. “I think we do have the respect of the community.”

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