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Gwinnett firefighters have items stolen from personal vehicles

Less than a week after guns were stolen from the personal vehicles of firefighters at a south Forsyth fire station, several fire stations in Gwinnett have also reported break-ins.

Per the Gwinnett County Police Department, four fire stations and one former station experienced vehicle break-ins with thefts from vehicles of on-duty firefighters between Saturday night and Sunday morning.

The break-ins occurred less than a week after five vehicles were broken into and three guns were stolen from Fire Station 10 at 3860 Old Atlanta Road, near Lambert High School, early in the morning of Monday, Jan. 2.

A Gwinnett police official said there was no confirmation that the incidents were related, but it is a possibility.

Officials said no electronics or other items were stolen.

The Gwinnett stations broken into were: Station 5 on Old Norcross Road near Breckinridge Boulevard; Station 15 in downtown Lawrenceville; Station 23 on Steve Reynolds Boulevard next to Meadowcreek High School; Station 31 at Georgia Gwinnett College; and former Station 10 on Russel Road at Ga. 20.

“A suspicious person was observed and chased on foot by county officers at Fire Station 31, which is across from Georgia Gwinnett College. That individual was not apprehended,” a news release said.

At the former fire station, a county-owned vehicle was entered.

Gwinnett police are working with the fire department “to investigate these incidents and to prevent further incidents from occurring.”

Deputy Doug Rainwater, a spokesman for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, said at the time it did not appear the fire station was specifically targeted and that the sheriff’s office had received six other calls for cars broken into at homes around Old Atlanta Road.