Volunteer firefighter arrested for stealing gear from department
James E. Turley (Photo: Colonie Police Department)
COLONIE, N.Y. - A volunteer firefighter from the Shaker Road-Loudonville Fire Department, and son of the former Albany Police Chief, has been accused of stealing and selling department equipment and gear, Colonie Police report.
Police say 39-year-old James E. Turley, of Albany, stole several items from the Fire Department, located at 550 Albany Shaker Road, and sold them to the X Change Cash and Trade on Central Avenue.
Over the course of one month, Turley allegedly stole seven helmets, one fire jacket, one pair of fire trousers, one pair of gloves, one air mask face piece, and one harness and rescue system, all worth around $3,644, police say.
Most of the items were already sold by X Change Cash and Trade, by the time a member of another local fire department heard about the items from a store employee, discovering the crime.
The Turley name is a familiar in Albany; Turley's father, also James Turley, was once the Police Chief for the Albany Police Department. He retired in 2005.
Turley has been charged with Grand Larceny 3rd-degree, a felony, and sent to the Albany County Correctional Facility in lieu of $10,000 bail.
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