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FF Charged with Stealing Gear, Selling It On Ebay

FF Charged with Stealing Gear, Selling It On Ebay

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Sheboygan Press via YellowBrix

May 04, 2010

SHEBOYGAN, WI – A former volunteer firefighter will make an initial court appearance today for allegedly stealing more than $20,000 worth of gear from the Town of Sheboygan Fire Department and auctioning it on eBay.

Items reported stolen included two sets of fire gear, 15 pagers, 13 defibrillator batteries, two defibrillators, a dash-mounted two-way radio, a set of vehicle emergency lights and a device that changes traffic lights to green as fire trucks approach, according to a criminal complaint filed Friday. The stolen equipment was valued at $23,000.

Jamie M. Jochmann, 30, of 1342 N. 38th St., could face up to five years in prison on a count of felony theft. He has no prior criminal record, but he does have another pending case for an alleged theft in January.

Jochmann has admitted to the fire department thefts and told investigators he took items between mid-2008 and spring 2009 after losing his job at the Elks Club, records show. He was fired from the fire department after the thefts were discovered.

According to a criminal complaint:

The investigation began in March 2009 when the fire department reported the two-way radio — valued a $5,000 — had been stolen along with the vehicle light, a hose washer and a projector. The fire department discovered other items missing in the months that followed.

The Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Department served a search warrant at Jochmann’s house in January, at which point he admitted to the thefts. Records from his two eBay accounts showed he tried to resell many of the items reported missing earlier, as well as a voice amplifier, Jaws of Life hydraulic pump, firefighting helmet and other smaller parts.

The complaint filed Friday also charged Jochmann with misdemeanor theft for allegedly taking numerous items from a Town of Sheboygan home where he worked as a handyman.

The homeowners reported stolen an iPod, GPS, bottles of wine, collectible coins and bills, two Ducks Unlimited prints and at least $500 in cash their Down syndrome son had saved up, the complaint said. Jochmann’s eBay account showed he resold the coins, iPod, GPS, prints and bills.

Jochmann denied taking the wine, coins and $500 in cash.