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Fireys apprehend Northcote thief

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20 Sep 2016
An alleged thief posing as a firefighter has been apprehended after MFB crews turned detective in Northcote on Sunday.

Firefighters from Northcote Station received a call from a local shopkeeper about 2.45pm alerting them to a suspicious man in the area.

The man told the store attendant he was an MFB firefighter who had locked his keys in his car and asked for a loan for a locksmith.

Immediately suspicious, Station Officer Anthony Franklin and his crew jumped into their truck and headed to the scene.

When they arrived, locals pointed the man out and the crew called Triple Zero (000), following the man along High Street.

A 34-year-old NSW man was arrested and charged with 12 offences including impersonating an MFB member and a number of deception-related offences.

It’s alleged the man had been given $500 by a local shopkeeper.

He’s been remanded to appear in the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on 19 October.

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