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Volunteer firefighter allegedly stole department gear

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Albany/HV: Volunteer firefighter allegedly stole department gear
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COLONIE, N.Y. -- Colonie police arrested a volunteer firefighter they say stole nearly $4,000 worth of equipment and gear from his own department.

Police say James Turley, 39, of Albany, worked as a volunteer firefighter at the Shaker Road-Loudonville Fire Department. Police say he is the son of former Albany Police Chief James Turley.

They say over the course of a month, he stole items like a fire jacket, a pair of gloves and a harness and rescue system. They say Turley then sold them at the X-Change Cash and Trade on Central Avenue.

He was caught, according to police, when a firefighter from a different department saw the items in the store.

"The fire department obviously was very cooperative. They were able to positively identify their stolen property because the pawn shop had taken very detailed photographs of the items for sale on the Internet," said Robert Winn, Lieutenant of Colonie Police Department.

Turley is charged with grand larceny. He was arraigned and sent to Albany County Jail.

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