California cops have arrested the man they state took the wallet of a firemen who traveled from elsewhere in the state to help tend to the CZU Lightning Complex fire in Santa Cruz previously this month.
Brian Johnson, 37, apparently admitted to using the firefighter’s charge card to make purchases at local stores after authorities with the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s workplace stated the wallet was stolen in between Aug. 21 and Aug. 22 from inside a California State firefighter’s vehicle.
” Plainly he did not understand when he used this firefighter’s credit card what he was getting himself into,” Constable Jim Hart said Thursday during an interview.
Johnson apparently made numerous credit card charges, consisting of at least one for as much as $1,400, to buy gift cards for future purchases, Hart said.
” Here we have somebody who originated from entirely out of the location. Left their household, left their typical life to come here to Santa Cruz County to help our community get through the most disastrous fire that we’ve seen in our history and after that someone has the audacity to steal from this guy,” Hart said.
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Johnson was not believed to have actually looted any other products from the location at the time, Hart stated. The Live Oak resident, who was currently on probation from a criminal offense out of another county, was jailed late Wednesday after police searched his home and found the clothes he seemed using in security footage from inside the store, along with a few of the products he acquired, Hart said.
Authorities said they received “lots of suggestions from the community” that eventually led them to Johnson.
After copping to the crime when he was faced by cops, Johnson composed a letter saying sorry to the firemen, Hart said.
Johnson was charged with grand theft, charge card theft, ownership of taken home, forgery and a probation violation.
Meanwhile, Hart stated the firemen was able to have all charge card charges reversed.
” The victim, the firemen in this case, informed us that, ‘Hey, I’ve been made entire. Everything’s been reversed,'” Hart said. “So, he wished to extend his gratitude for all the assistance and the deals, however he stated he’s excellent now and all he wishes to do is get up on that fire lane and do his job.”
Cops said they are still examining a second individual and might launch details concerning another arrest in the coming da