Jersey City firehouse burglarized for 2nd time in a week
A Jersey City firehouse was burglarized for the second time in a week.
Jersey City police say Sabrina Carter, 48, broke into the Jersey City Tower Ladder 4 firehouse early Wednesday while crews were away. Carter allegedly stole firefighter turnout gear, including a jacket, pants and a helmet.
The police report says that Carter made her way to a nearby bodega wearing some of what she had stolen. She apparently told the people in the store that there was a gas leak.
Police say that they believe she was trying to evacuate the store before she grabbed a bunch of lottery tickets and took off. She was arrested a few blocks away, and police recovered the stolen firefighter gear.
This was the second time the station had been burglarized.
Antwan Barfield, 29, was arrested on Jan. 28 for allegedly breaking into the firehouse and stealing personal items from firefighters who were out on a call.
"This firehouse has a tendency, mostly because of the neighborhood, we are more inclined to have more incidents," says Jersey City Fire Department Capt. Joe Vallo.
But Vallo says despite being targeted twice, he and his crew wouldn't want to work anywhere else.
"It's a neighborhood that needs help," Vallo says. "All the firefighter personnel that work here chose to work here."
Vallo says that all of the personal items that were stolen were returned. He says that other firehouses in the area are looking into increasing their security.