Echo Park Fire Station 20 is in the process of upgrading security protocols after a brash burglary at their Sunset Boulevard headquarters last week.
Capt. Richard Denning, who called the break-in "unsettling,” said the pilferage took place as fire trucks were parked in the house, and crews were upstairs resting. It was "a brazen attack,” he said, reports the Eastsider LA.
Personal electronics and department items like firefighter boots and pants were stolen. Some department items were reportedly found in nearby dumpsters at the corner of Sunset and Mohawk Street.
The Eastsider LA blog said that a Rampart detective said the crooks came in through an open back door that was ajar due to a rope. "This was a crime of opportunity as the rear door was left open by a firefighter arriving to work to start his shift," detective Mario Mota told the blog.
This is not the first time station security was breached. The station was burglarized last year, however the recent losses are far larger, said officials. Police are investigating.