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Former Fire Captain Charged in Theft Spree

Jon Wilmot, with houses in Concord and Alamo, is accused of stealing hundreds of items from the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District.

Bay City News Service

Prosecutors have filed felony charges against a former Contra Costa County Fire Protection District captain accused of stealing hundreds of items from the fire district while working there.

Jon Wilmot, 51, was charged Wednesday with:

  • receiving stolen property,
  • embezzlement,
  • possession of an assault weapon and
  • commercial burglary.

Prosecutors allege that he stole an array of property from firehouses — including firefighting gear, a chainsaw, cooking equipment and sports drinks.

Wilmot, who recently retired, was arrested Dec. 10 after police conducted search warrant operations at his homes in Alamo and Concord and at his mother's home in Orinda, where officers found hundreds of items believed to belong to the fire district, according to an affidavit. He was released from jail the same day after posting $30,000 bail.

The search warrants stemmed from an internal fire district investigation that used surveillance cameras to catch Wilmot allegedly stealing fire district property from a closed fire station in Lafayette.

The investigation was launched last May when a colleague reported seeing a chainsaw, an iron skillet and sports drinks belonging to the fire district in the back of Wilmot's truck, according to the affidavit. Wilmot is set to appear in Contra Costa County Superior Court for arraignment in April, a court clerk said.

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SympatheticCitizen March 03, 2013 at 05:26 AM
Mb0321--ummm yeah, that's all they do. You are beyond clueless. Informed citizen- wow, still chiming in with all your anti public service BS I see. Youza smahhht one you is.
LamorindaMan March 03, 2013 at 10:27 AM
The Duggar family has 19, 20, 21, or something like that. It's not a matter of "afford(ing) six kids". It's a matter of most people don't want six kids. Can't blame them either. But sounds folks are a glutton for punishment and want 6 or more.
Cautiously Informed March 03, 2013 at 04:10 PM
Informed Citizen: The MOFD 'fireman' you mentioned is a retired fire chief - the top position in the entire department. The person at the very top gets much much more than the grunts working the line. $300,000 a year retirement income for all firefighters? That's not anywhere close to what I've seen published. Do some research. Your post is ridiculous.
Informed Citizen March 04, 2013 at 06:55 AM
Mr. "Cautious", my research is thorough and documented. Thanks to years of public interest litigation waged by the Bay Area News Group, culminating in a Supreme Court decision that blew the lid wide open on rapacious public salaries/benefits, simply go here and check: http://www.mercurynews.com/salaries/bay-area/2011 Since public agencies drag their feet terribly providing updated figures, listed 2011 figures are outdated and 2013 higher. For example, since all local Contra Costa Fire Agencies are "poster children" for excess and corruption with public politicians selling out to their SEIU unions (it's been well publicized: we are the WORST!): check Danville Fire Protection District. Craig Bowen retired more than 1 year ago. He retired at 50 with over $300,000/yr for LIFE! Denial is not a river in Egypt. Last column shows total comp. Nowicki in Ordina, was a mid-level manager. He ran a staff of 19 people. Miniscule. My son has works in Tech for 18 months. He heads up a staff that is larger than that. He earns less than half of Nowicki's pension. He works twice the hours of all of above, and harder by far, and gets zero overtime. (And couldn't possibly run a plumbing or real estate biz on the side on his employer's time!) All this has been published in national newspapers. Behold: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124804047828063059.html. Nowicki of MOFD is so "yesterday". Guys like (alleged?) thief Wilmot are retiring well over $300,000/year.
Cautiously Informed March 09, 2013 at 04:45 PM
Mr. Informed(?), Read my post. Nowicki and Bowen are retired Fire Chiefs. The Fire Chief is the top position of a fire department. Not every firefighter retires as a Fire Chief. Each working firefighter doesn't get the same pay and benefits as a Fire Chief. Therefore, each retired firefighter doesn't get the retirement package that a Fire Chief gets. The example you cite is a retired Fire Chief. I don't know what world you live in, but every job I've ever had or heard of required me to start at the bottom, and work my way up in position and pay. Your argument is flawed, again.

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