Phoenix Police Department officials have identified the firefighter
arrested in connection to a string of fire station thefts, whose
tactics included setting small fires to ensure the station would be
36-year-old Phoenix firefighter Ryan Donahue was arrested on Friday on
suspicion of arson, theft, criminal damage and burglary.
Donahue, an 11-year veteran of PFD was what was known as a “rover,”
meaning that he frequently rotated among stations.
The firefighter would frequently steal while off-duty or while crews
were on calls, his presence not seeming out of the ordinary as he
frequented many fire stations.
Items that frequently went missing included cash from wallets and in
the containers that held communal food collection funds.
According to Fox News, Donahue would often set small trash fires to
keep firefighters busy and out of the station.