Firefighter charged in Arundel theft

July 02, 1992|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,Staff Writer

An Annapolis firefighter, whose investigation into sexual misconduct in the department last year was questioned because he had sex with a woman in the case, was suspended yesterday after being charged with embezzling nearly $30,000 from a Sears Roebuck and Co. store.

Daniel A. Early, 27, an eight-year Fire Department veteran who worked as an arson investigator and held a second job as head of security at the Parole Plaza department store, was charged with one count of felony theft.

He surrendered to Anne Arundel County police Tuesday night and was released on his own recognizance by a court commissioner. A Sept. 8 trial is scheduled.

Arundel police spokesman Cpl. V. Richard Molloy said the thefts, which totaled $29,737, date back to October 1990.

Mr. Early's attorney, William Turc, refused to comment. The firefighter could not be reached.

He had gained attention in December at a hearing for Firefighter Robert "Tommy" Thomas, who was appealing his termination after being accused of having sex on duty.

The Annapolis city attorney dropped all charges and reinstated Mr. Thomas after revealing that Mr. Early had engaged in sex four or five years ago with a woman described as "central to the allegations." Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins called the investigation "tainted."

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