Police: Firefighter caught on camera stealing cash from fire station

25-year-old arrested for misdemeanor, resigns from JFRD

By Jim Piggott - Reporter

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A 25-year-old Jacksonville firefighter has resigned after he was arrested on charges of stealing money from a fire station.

Joshua Williams, who delivered supplies to fire stations, came under suspicion after thefts of money at various fire stations that he visited, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Integrity Unit.

Detectives set up a surveillance camera inside the kitchen of Station 17 last month and planted money in three places around the room. After Williams made a Nov. 22 delivery to the station, investigators found $167 was missing from two of the locations, according to the arrest report.

Police confronted Williams later that day and found the money in his possession. He was charged with petit theft, a misdemeanor.

in his resignation letter, Williams wrote that the had enjoyed working for the fire department. Administrators responded that he was not allowed on any JFRD property again.

Williams wasn't home Monday afternoon. JFRD's fire chief, its spokesman and the president of the firefighters union all declined to comment. 

News4Jax learned that Williams’ ex-girlfriend obtained an injunction against him in May. According to court documents, she claimed that he harassed and threatened her after she broke off the relationship.

 

 

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