Weston Man Charged With Theft From Norwalk Fire Department

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Jason Penna, 40, of Weston has been charged with third-degree larceny and sixth-degree larceny by the Norwalk Police.
Jason Penna, 40, of Weston has been charged with third-degree larceny and sixth-degree larceny by the Norwalk Police. Photo Credit: Norwalk Police

NORWALK, Conn. – A Norwalk firefighter has been accused of stealing equipment from the Norwalk Fire Department, according to police reports.

Jason Penna, 40, of Weston turned himself in after learning of a warrant for his arrest Thursday morning, police said. Penna has been charged with one count each of third-degree and sixth-degree larceny.

Norwalk Fire Department officials contacted police in early February about missing equipment from Rescue 1, a front-line rescue truck, according to police reports. The missing equipment included a Little Giant-brand ladder, a grip hoist with strap, and a trailer hitch extension, police said in a press release Friday.

The Norwalk Police Detective Bureau investigated the case and identified Penna, a 16-year veteran of the fire department, as a suspect, according to police reports. He was released on a promise to appear in court after his booking Thursday. His arraignment is scheduled for March 14 at Norwalk Superior Court.

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There was an attempt to solve this internally and not to involve the police. Those attempts fell through. The firefighter (and probably soon to be ex firefighter) in question is a man of means (a lucrative family construction business) who presumable had no justifiable financial motivation or necessity to steal those items. When a person takes things that do not belong to her/him from the workplace, it is stealing. There is no concept of borrowing. I wonder, PattyM, if someone took things from your home, with no notice to you, and these were things that you had not used in awhile, you would not consider it stealing. Of course, you would.

Sadly, there is no set-up. Just an entitled person who felt that he could do what he wanted, when and how he wanted. And now, he is paying the penalty. A shame and a waste.

But remember that when these men of the Norwalk Fire Department are battling blazes, they need to be able to fully trust one another; that is, when their lives depend on that trust, and once that trust is broken, as in this case, there is no way to repair it. This man stole equipment that may have been (we do not know) essential to saving lives. I would venture to guess that if it was equipment off of an emergency truck, that it served some purpose other than accommodating Mr. Penna.

Sounds like a misunderstanding to me - the items he 'stole' sound like items borrowed to do something at home, probably items not being used and hadn't been in awhile........I am sure he planned to return them. C'mon people, really, it's a ladder, a hoist, and a trailer hitch, not the truck!!!!

I have known Jason many years and this is not within his character.
I pray this is all just a misunderstanding. If it is not and in fact he is guilty, I can only hope that he receives the
professional services that he needs.

Yea it's a setup. He was told to take the FD equipment home and then they called the cops on him, because no one at FD has anything better to do than to "setup" their employees for criminal charges. Duh!!

Something seems fishy. Why does this smell like a set up?