You are here: HomeNewsFront Page News ArticlesBurglary at Local Volunteer Fire Station

Burglary at Local Volunteer Fire Station

The Pinos Altos Volunteer Fire and Rescue Station on Cottage San Road was burglarized in the past few days. It was discovered Monday afternoon.

According to Battalion Chief Ernest "Ernie" Booth, when he visited the station in the afternoon on Monday, he saw the case for a chainsaw outside, and said he thought someone had just forgotten to put it back inside.

Photos below article by Mary Alice Murphy

"That was not the case," he said. "When we entered the station, we saw the all the doors to the equipment bays on the trucks and pumpers open."

Almost everything of any value was taken, including specialized items such as bunker gear, self-contained breathing apparatuses, an automated external defibrillator, extrication equipment, a Pulaski axe and a specialized chainsaw used to cut through steel in a burning building.

"Whoever took all this equipment is not trained to use it," Booth said. "We will inventory everything to determine the value, but it is in the high thousands of dollars."

Other items stolen include generators and emergency medical service supplies, used to stabilize people for transport to hospitals.

"They didn't destroy anything, just burglarized everything," Booth said. "There was no vandalism, but they rifled through our packets. However, they left our credit cards."

Booth said a $1,000 award would be offered, likely through Crimestoppers, for any information on the burglary.

The sight Cottage San PAVFR volunteers saw when they entered their truck bay Monday afternoon—empty storage lockers on trucks.

Where EMS supplies once were stored.

more empty storage areas.

empty storage lockers

Live from Silver City

Join GCB Three Times Weekly Updates

Welcome to Three Times Weekly Updates! You will be subscribed to email notifications with links to recently posted articles.
You can unsubscribe anytime. We never share or rent your email to anyone.

Fire Alerts

Editor's Note

This editori/reporter/photographer has tried to keep up this past week, but too many things were happening. You will likely be seeing items from Saturday and the Tour of the Gila during this week, too. Thanks for being a Beat reader and having patience with me.

WARNING: All articles and photos indicated by a byline are copyrighted. You may not use any information found within the articles without asking permission AND giving attribution to the source. Photos can be requested and may incur a nominal fee for use personally or commercially.

Don't forget to tell advertisers that you saw their ad on the Beat.

Feel free to notify This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., if you notice any problems on the site. Your convenience is my desire for the Beat.

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

If you subscribe to the Join GCB Three Times Weekly Updates option on the left side of this page, you will be subscribed to email notifications with links to recently posted articles.

Check Out Classifieds. And look at Sponsors to see who is helping the Beat.

It's really easy to check to see if there's a classified ad. Just click on Classifieds in the blue menu and the page will open letting you know if there is a classified ad. Remember that your buying classified ads gives you a wide readership, as well as supporting the Beat.

Post YOURS for quick results!

Note that if an article does not have a byline, it was sent to the Beat and written by someone not affiliated with the Beat

Remember that all articles and photos are copyrighted to the person who wrote or took them. Please ask permission before using anything written or photographed. We charge a small fee for use of photos.

When you click on the blue and orange button on the upper left side of most pages, you will find out how you can help the Beat defray its expenses, which, with increased readership, continue to grow. You will arrive at a page that gives you options of how you can Help the Beat. All help is greatly appreciated and keeps the news you want and need coming into your browser.

Consider the Beat your DAILY newspaper for up-to-date information about Grant County. It's at your fingertips! One Click to Local News.

Thanks for your support for and your readership of Grant County's online news source—www.grantcountybeat.com.

Go to top