Over $60,000 worth of equipment stolen from Lassen National Forest

The Lassen National Forest is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information about a burglary of firefighter equipment that occurred in the early morning hours of Feb. 7.

According to Forest Service officials, the USFS Radio Shop, located off of Fifth Street in Susanville, was burglarized of over $60,000 worth of radios, computers and other equipment used by firefighters for fire suppression and public safety on the Lassen National Forest.

"This unfortunate incident has the potential to compromise the safety of fire crews this year,” said Acting Lassen National Forest Supervisor, Ted McArthur. “Some firefighters may not be issued radios, which significantly increases their risk of not getting immediate and critical information while on the fire lines. We’re asking our community to help us find the party or parties responsible for this crime so that our equipment will be returned and ready for use when fire season arrives.”

Anybody with information about this incident is asked to call Patrol Captain Adam Hill or Special Agent Tony Magarrell at 530-252-6400. All information would be held confidential.

The reward is up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of those responsible.

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