Suspect caught stealing TFD equipment during emergency call
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TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Police have arrested a man after he stole a computer tablet from the Tucson Fire Department as they were treating an individual having a seizure.
Tucson Police tell KGUN9 the incident took place on August 10 after Tucson Fire was called to the LAOS Transit Center at 205 West Irvington Road to assist a man having a serious medical issue.
As TFD approached the victim, they set their equipment down and began treating the man who was having an active seizure. That is when a suspect grabbed TFD's computer tablet and fled southbound on foot.
Officers responded and were given the description of the suspect.
An officer located a subject matching the description, holding something under his shirt near the intersection of 11th and Utah.
The man immediately fled on foot and jumped a fence behind a business. That is when the officer saw the computer tablet fall from his waistband.
The suspect, 27-year old Joseph Lesperance, was detained without incident. He was booked and charged with one count of theft.
The computer tablet was returned to TFD without damage.