Rural Fire Service equipment stolen; woman charged in Lismore

Police have arrested a woman – who was allegedly dressed in a stolen RFS uniform – after a fire truck was broken into in Lismore earlier today. , NSW Police say>

About 6.30am (Thursday 23 August 2018), a Rural Fire Service truck was parked at a motel carpark on Molesworth Street, Lismore.

As volunteers recuperated at the motel after fighting fires in Casino, their fire truck was broken into and fire jackets, pants, gloves, jumpers and a ration pack of food was stolen.

Upon discovering the theft from the RFS truck, officers from Richmond Police District where called and an investigation was commenced.

Police located a 44-year-old woman – who police will allege was dressed in the stolen clothing – about 100m from the motel. She was arrested and taken to Lismore Police Station where she was charged with goods in custody.

She was given conditional bail and will appear in Lismore Local Court on 3 September 2018.

The equipment was returned to the Rural Fire Service as they required it for the operational duties today.

Police continue their investigations into the recent bushfires around the Richmond Police District and are appealing for anyone who may have information concerning the fires to come forward.

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