More than $25,000 in equipment stolen from Montgomery County MD fire chief’s SUV

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Kevin Lewis, WJLA-TV/ABC7:

The leader of the Montgomery County Fire Rescue Service fell victim to two thieves after apparently leaving his home garage door open and work vehicle unlocked.

Around 6 a.m. on January 13, MCFRS Fire Chief Scott Goldstein called police to report his candy apple red Chevy Tahoe SUV had been broken into. Goldstein told officers he’d parked the vehicle in his garage the night before, but wasn’t certain if he’d closed his garage door before heading to bed.

Among the stolen items: $21,000 in portable emergency dispatch radios, a $3,000 MacBook Pro laptop, an $800 iPad Air, and other assorted items including a backpack, portable internet transmitter, and rechargeable battery.

A small wallet, credit card, health insurance cards, cash and loose change was taken from Goldstein’s wife’s car, which was also parked in the garage and left unlocked.

Goldstein and his wife quickly determined they could track the GPS location of the iPad online. At first the device pinned in Prince George’s County, but by 8 a.m. that same day, the device was in Gaithersburg. Goldstein relayed the information to patrol officers who determined the Apple product was inside of a Volvo SUV, which had just parked at a Gaithersburg apartment complex. Two men bailed out of the car and started sprinting. Police caught them during a foot chase.