Washington Township firefighter convicted of stealing equipment from his department

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UPDATE: The jury found Brian Etchison guilty on December 9.

MARTINSVILLVE, Ind. (Jan. 30, 2015)-- A Washington Township firefighter has been charged with theft, accused of stealing from his own department.

Brian Etchison was placed on administrative leave. He turned himself in yesterday and bonded out. Etchison has worked for the department for several years.

The investigation started in 2013. During that year, the fire chief reported to authorities a welder and department camera disappeared.

Prior to that, according to court documents, the fire chief installed surveillance cameras throughout the department because he noticed small thefts of prescription medication. Authorities have not said Etchison was involved in that specific crime, but they have accused him of stealing a surveillance camera and a welder.

In court documents, Etchison admitted he took a camera down, but he said he placed it on the fire chief’s desk.

According to the report, “Etchison advised that he removed the camera because it was not pointing in the direction that he personally felt was necessary.”

According to court documents, on Dec. 27, 2014 Indiana State Police received a call about the stolen equipment because someone spotted it at Etchison’s home.

The Morgan county sheriff requested that ISP investigate this case because Etchison previously worked for the sheriff’s office. A special prosecutor has been assigned to the case as well.

The fire chief declined to comment.

Etchison declined to comment too. He is scheduled to appear in court next month.