Apr 2, 2011 1:21 PM by Andy Koen

Stolen fire equipment recovered

The Peyton Volunteer Fire Department has recovered the equipment that was stolen from one of their fire truck earlier this morning. Interim Fire Chief Sharon Brown says that the fire hose, couplings, nozzles, pike poles, and a tackle box containing small extraction tools were all found dumped along side Oak Brush Loop.

A man driving to work spotted the fire hose lying along the roadway. He later heard about the theft on the news and called the fire department to report where he had seen it. The missing equipment is valued at around $5,000.

"That may not seem like a lot of money but we're a small department and every little bit counts," Brown said.

At about 3:45 a.m. firefighters were dispatched to a a home on Oak Brush and while they were inside, they spotted a man stealing the equipment. They chased after him on foot but weren't able to stop him.

It was dark outside when the theft occurred and Brown says the fire fighters didn't get a good look at the suspect. He's only described as a man in is 20's. He was last seen driving off in a late model, silver or grey dual wheel pick up truck.

Anyone with related information is asked to contact the El Paso County Sheriff's Office at 390-5555.

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