County firefighter indicted in theft of department's radio equipment

August 22, 1998|By Erin Texeira | Erin Texeira,SUN STAFF

A Baltimore County firefighter was indicted by a county grand jury yesterday and suspended without pay on charges of stealing Fire Department radio equipment, a county fire spokesman said.

Phillip Hebert of Owings Mills is accused of stealing two 800-megahertz radios typically used by area firefighters and police to dispatch officials to emergency scenes, said Mark F. Hubbard, battalion chief in the Baltimore County Fire Department.

Hubbard said the equipment could have been used to put out false calls for assistance.

"If it fell into the wrong hands, people could interfere with communication or make false communication that could put people in danger," Hubbard said.

Hebert, a 10-year veteran assigned to the Towson station, had been under investigation for several months, said Bill Toohey, a spokesman for the Baltimore County police.

Fire officials began investigating Hebert several years ago before they referred the matter to the police, Hubbard said.

It was the first time Hebert had faced formal charges, he said.

Pub Date: 8/22/98

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