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Firefighter intentionally set fires before entering fire stations and stealing cash from colleagues

By Emily Lewis 1:29 PM February 12, 2018
Ryan Donahue

A firefighter who was deep in debt lit fires and then stole cash from his colleagues who were working to extinguish the flames, according to police in Arizona.

Phoenix police said that they have arrested 36-year-old Ryan Donahue after being accused of stealing cash from at least 8 fire stations.

Donahue was charged with theft, arson, burglary, and criminal damage.

He was booked into the Fourth Avenue Jail and was released without bail.

According to the police investigation, Donahue was a firefighter for the past 11 years.

He has since been placed on unpaid leave.

Recently, Donahue began struggling with drugs and he accumulated a lot of debt.

Donahue decided to steal cash from his colleagues.

He intentionally set fires, and when his colleagues went out of the fire stations to fight the fires, Donahue went inside and took cash from their wallets.

Donahue admitted to stealing cash from his colleagues on at least 8 occasions.