A 20-year-old Cape Clear man has been charged with offences including burglary and theft at CFA stations around the western region since July.
The man has been bailed to appear in court at a later date,
Up to 10 CFA’s have allegedly been targeted in recent weeks including Napoleon-Enfield and Snake Valley at the weekend with goods including chainsaws and laptops among the items stolen.
Duty officer Gavin Hope told The Courier Napoleons-Enfield brigade was forced to go offline while police conducted their investigations at the weekend.
“There’s always a chance of a house fire in winter, or if there was an accident in Napoleons, we wouldn’t have been able to get to it,” he said.
“For the time it takes for the investigation, we are completely reliant on other brigades to cover us.
“It’s incredibly annoying, there’s just no point to it.”
Snake Valley was also offline for six hours at the weekend, which meant an emergency had to be covered by a brigade further away.