MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Some of those tasked with protecting and serving the city of Memphis became crime victims overnight.
Firefighters at Station 56 on Reese Road near Appling woke up Wednesday morning to find six cars had been broken into.
Authorities said each of the vehicles had a broken window and the crook reportedly got away with two bags.
Not other items were taken.
Thomas Malone, with The Memphis Firefighters Association, says it's unclear who took advantage of the men and women while they work to protect and serve.
"In a split second, these may be the same people that's responding to their home or loved one to render services they need. Yet, they are stealing from them like it's an opportunity," Malone said.
Police checked for fingerprints and looked for cameras that could have captured something.
"I've been assured by our fire administration, and they are looking into it and treating it very seriously. They put a fence to prevent people from driving up," Malone said.
He says this marks several burglaries at fire stations in the past year.
A couple of times, the thief broke into the station on Union.
Malone doesn't know if any of the incidents are connected. He's just upset firefighters now have to worry about their staff as well as the community.
"The crime in this is, nobody is immune to it. When they start breaking into the fire stations that means no one is immune."
If you have any information that could help police, call Crime Stoppers at (901) 528-CASH.