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Fire captain steals expensive book while fighting fire inside residential home

By Mason White 11:47 AM March 31, 2016
Captain Alan Noznesky 

By: Wayne Morin
A fire captain was arrested on a charge of theft after allegedly stealing a book while fighting a fire in a residential home, police in Washington D.C. said.

Captain Alan Noznesky of the D.C. Fire Department was placed on leave after being charged with one count of theft for stealing a $270 book from the private home.

He was charged with one count of second-degree theft.

According to the police investigation, the fire department responded to a report of a fire in the 3000 block of Gates Road NW around 7:15 p.m.

Around 10:30 p.m., a fire investigator told a police officer at the scene that the captain took a book from inside the house and hid it under his black jacket before taking it to the fire truck.

The captain denied the accusation, saying he was just trying to move the book to a safe place. The book was identified as Airline Visual Identity 1945-1975 by M.C. Huhne.