Burglars broke into the Echo Park Fire Station 20 earlier this week, making off with everything from fire fighter boots and jackets to personal electronics. “It’s unsettling,” said Capt. Richard Denning of the Monday break in that took place as fire trucks were parked in the Sunset Boulevard station house and fire crews rested upstairs. “It was a brazen attack.”
Fire crews have spent part of this week replacing gear that was stolen during the burglary, which was reported on Monday morning. The burglars were apparently more interested in the firefighters’ personal electronics because firefighter boots, brush pants and other department items have been found thrown into dumpsters near the station at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Mohawk Street, Denning said. Police are investigating the case and Denning said the Los Angeles Fire Department is in the process of improving security at the station.
It was not the first time the station has been burglarized. Last year, a suspect who broke into the Echo Park station and several other stations in the same battalion was arrested, Denning said. However, the losses from this week’s burglar were far larger, he said.