Cops: Guy Phoned in False Alarms to Rob Firefighters
Worst part: He is a firefighter himself
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 20, 2013 1:22 PM CDT
Accused firefighter Joseph Keene.   (New York City Department of Investigation)

(Newser) – A New York City firefighter is accused of some especially heinous deeds: Authorities say that Joseph Keene not only called in three false alarms, but he did so to steal cash from his fellow firefighters' lockers when they sped out to investigate, reports the Gothamist. Keene allegedly got about $2,000 in cash before his arrest on Thursday. Surveillance video caught him entering one of the empty firehouses, and authorities traced the fake calls to his cell phone, reports the New York Post.

He faces felony charges of grand larceny, burglary, and falsely reporting an incident, all of which could get him 15 years in prison, reports the Daily News. The 34-year-old has been on the FDNY for six years and makes about $76,000 a year. He's been suspended pending further action. "Unbelievable," one Staten Island firefighter tells the Post. "It’s just unconscionable.”

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Jul 22, 2013 4:12 AM CDT
Jul 21, 2013 10:44 AM CDT
talk about a------- GITMO FOR SURE!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jul 21, 2013 9:35 AM CDT
Makes you wonder during his 6 yrs if he had stolen from the general public when he would go on calls. I wonder how many watches, rings, cash, and other small items may be missing from houses he may have responded to. Of course those will never be discovered and the victim's home owner's insurance would cover the loss if over the deductable. But the deductable would also include a small fire damage and that type of thing in the first place. So the victim would have the devistation of the fire and possibly having to be in another home while his is repaired from damage as well as the devistation of being a victim of a theft. Just makes ya feel all warm and fuzzy inside huh.