MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - For Memphis firefighters, the fire station is their home away from home. And whether it's a fire station or a house, thieves don't discriminate.
Eight firefighters at the Union Avenue fire station woke up Wednesday morning to find laptops, wallets, cell phones, cash, credit cards, driver's licenses, and even a mountain bike had been stolen while they slept.
The fire crew had just returned from their last call after midnight when they decided to get some rest. Memphis police officers suspect the burglary happened between midnight at 6:30 a.m.
"To come right in that engine house, where it's a safe haven so to speak, and they go in and steal," Memphis Fire Fighters Association President Thomas Malone said.
The total value of the stolen items is estimated to be around $5,131.
"These people are there to help people and then someone wants to take advantage of them when they are tired and sleeping," Malone said.
Malone said the burglary was a bold move because at any moment, a call for help could have come in and woken the sleeping firefighters.
"We have had people break into cars at the fire station, we've even had a car jacked up and tires stolen, but I don't ever remember there being a brazen break-in at a fire station with people there," Malone said.
Many items taken in the early morning hours were from the break room where one of the men was sleeping.
MPD said they believe the suspects drove a gray, 4-door Dodge Dakota pick-up truck with chrome trim on the wheels.
The firefighters told police that one of the stolen credit cards was being used at several places in West Memphis.
In addition to the thefts at the Union Avenue fire station, someone stole lawn equipment from a Frayster fire station recently.
No arrests have been made at this time.