NJ volunteer firefighter stole from his own fire company, cops say
Authorities say a volunteer firefighter stole from his fire company for two years, using funds from its financial accounts to make personal purchases.
It wasn't clear from an announcement by the Passaic County Prosecutor's Office how much Christopher A. Petrucci allegedly stole. He's charge with one count of third-degree theft by deception, which can applies to thefts between $500 and $75,000. Penalties for the charge include a maximum term of five years in New Jersey State Prison.
Petrucci was arrested on Friday by the West Milford Police Department. Bail was set at $35,000 with a 10 percent option.
Petrucci was a volunteer firefighter in the West Milford Community Volunteer Fire Company No. 2, and served as its treasurer from 2013 to 2015, the prosecutor's office said. As treasurer, he was authorized to conduct online banking and had control of a debit card linked to the Fire Company’s accounts, it said.
West Milford police and the prosecutor's office found he'd been making unauthorized use of the fire company's funds from 2013 to November 2015, including purchasing items for personal gain, the prosecutor's office said said. It didn't say how the alleged theft was discovered, but said that occurred in in late 2015.
Petrucci has since been suspended from his position as volunteer firefighter and no longer has access to fire company funds, the prosecutor's office said.