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City of Tonawanda firefighter's car stolen during shift

Posted at 5:04 PM, Jul 31, 2019

CITY OF TONAWANDA, N.Y (WKBW) — Joshua Page is grateful everyone he loves is safe.

The City of Tonawanda firefighter was working the overnight shift Sunday when his car was stolen from the firehouse parking lot on William Street.

"At the beginning of the shift we had a 911 call, and I didn't end up getting back out there to lock it," he said.

City of Tonawanda Fire Chief Chuck Stuart said they've had minor car break-ins in the lot in the past. But, this is the first time they've experienced grand theft auto.

Page had his backup set of fire protective gear in his car. It's valued at more than $2,000. The chief said it's not uncommon for firefighters to leave the extra equipment in the car. "If a person has to respond to a call while they're off duty, it's a good idea to have their gear in the car so they have it quickly," Stuart said.

The entrances to the parking lot aren't gated, and there's no surveillance cameras. The chief said that's something he's looking to change in the future. "We did go out and get quotes for a security system. We're hoping to get that funded in next year's budget. We're overdue."

Police are increasing patrols in the area, too.

As for Page's car, it was ticketed on Peters Street in the City of Buffalo Monday morning. But Page said it was gone by the time investigators checked the area, and he hasn't had any leads since.

"At this point, if I get the car back I'm grateful. If not, it's replaceable."

Car details:

2017 Blue Chevy Traverse
NYS License Plate Number: CMA 7660
Orange "IAFF" Sticker in rear window

If you see it, you're asked to call 911.