Firefighter charged with larceny

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Police capture suspect “red handed”

By Carol A. Clark

Police filed multiple charges against Driver Engineer Steven Fierro of the Los Alamos Fire Department Wednesday for allegedly stealing money from a fellow firefighter.

Fierro, 46, has been the subject of a recent police investigation into a string of thefts at various Los Alamos fire stations. His name surfaced after Los Alamos police detectives analyzed fire logs that determine who was on duty when money went missing.

Det. Sgt. Fred Rascon and Det. Shari Mills set up a sting operation Monday applying theft detection powder to $100 in small bills, according to the police report.

The money was placed in a deposit bag used by a fellow firefighter whose money was stolen from his workplace in the past. The bag was left in the typical location at Fire Station 6 near the Los Alamos County Airport.

“The bag disappeared within two hours,” Rascon said. “Only two firefighters were in the station when the larceny occurred, one of which was Fierro, and we interviewed both of them. The evidence showed Fierro was the one who took the money and he ultimately confessed.”

Fierro has not confessed responsibility for any other thefts, Rascon said.

The detectives tracked and recovered some of the marked bills at Smiths Food and Drug Store on Central Avenue.

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