published Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Former firefighter charged with stealing $10,000 camera

CLEVELAND, Tenn. -- A former volunteer for Bradley County Fire and Rescue is charged with a break in at the Prospect fire hall where a $10,000 thermal imaging camera and a chain saw were stolen.

Dallas Lee Stuman, a 39-year-old former fire fighter at the Prospect station, was identified as a suspect by detectives, Bradley County Sheriff's Office spokesman Bob Gault said.

The theft occurred sometime between Nov. 16 and 23, he said.

A friend of Stuman’s gave investigators several places where he might be, but the suspect could not be found at any of those locations, Gault said.

On Wednesday morning patrol deputies brought Stuman to the Judicial Center to meet with the detective assigned to the investigation, Gault said.

Stuman was charged with burglary and theft over $10,000 and placed in the Bradley County jail, the sheriff's office said.

Gault said the camera "is a valuable piece of equipment fire fighters use to find people trapped inside smoke-filled buildings."

The device, which has been recovered, was sold for $50, he said.

The sheriff's office said Stuman is in custody without bond.

about Harrison Keely...

Harrison Keely is an online breaking news producer for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. He also anchors the daily newscast. He joined the Times Free Press as a reporter in 2010. He previously served as managing editor of the Smoky Mountain Sentinel in western North Carolina and as a business reporter for the Washington Times in Washington, D.C. He graduated from Lee University in 2009 where he served as managing editor of the student news ...

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