New York firefighter makes fake 911 calls to rob empty firehouses

By Kay Steiger
Saturday, July 20, 2013 19:46 EDT
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Joseph Keene (screenshot via WPIX)
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A New York firefighter is accused of making fake 911 calls to dispatch firefighters so he can raid the unmanned firehouses in Queens and Staten Island for money left behind, according to WNBC.

Joseph Keene allegedly made three false 911 calls about made-up fires and is accused of nabbing more than $1,900 in cash during May and June. Keene made two false calls in which he reported smelling gas and a third which reported a sparking transformer.

“For anybody to call in a fake 911 call when the police department, the fire department, EMS have so much to do is outrageous,” Commissioner for New York’s Department of Investigation Rose Gill Hearn told WNBC. “For it to be a firefighter doing it is beyond the pale of anything we have seen.”

Keene is also charged with stealing $50 from a colleague’s locker at the Randall’s Island facility where he worked and stealing $100 from a Queens facility he sneaked into.

Keen reportedly admitted to placing the false calls and stealing the money on Thursday. WPIX said that Keene faces up to 15 years in prison for charges of a felony false report to 911 as well as grand larceny and burglary.

Watch the video from WPIX, broadcast on July 20.

(h/t Gawker)

Kay Steiger
Kay Steiger
Kay Steiger is the managing editor of Raw Story. Her contributions have appeared in The American Prospect, The Atlantic, Campus Progress, The Guardian, In These Times, Jezebel, Religion Dispatches, RH Reality Check, and others. You can follow her on Twitter @kaysteiger.
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