Crime, Emergency Response

Firefighter from Perry Hall arrested after burglarizing fire stations

Douglas Ellsworth Cloman IIA firefighter from Perry Hall is in police custody after burglarizing local fire stations.

At just after 3:15 a.m. on Wednesday, February 13, police responded to the Baltimore City Fire Station located in the 2600-block of Washington Boulevard. Members of the firehouse reported seeing an unknown male wearing a firefighter’s uniform enter their firehouse without permission. A member confronted the intruder who quickly fled the location.

After examining their belongings, a firefighter realized that her wallet was missing. Baltimore City Fire Department stations across the city were put on alert and advised to frequently check to ensure that their firehouses were secure.

Later, at just after 4:15 a.m. on Wednesday, police responded to the Baltimore City Fire Station located in the 5800-block of Belair Road. Once there, an officer was met by the station captain who stated that numerous items had been stolen from their firehouse and that the suspect matched the description of one of their members.

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Police say the suspect, identified as 34 year-old Douglas Ellsworth Cloman II, of Wragby Court in Perry Hall, had just tried to enter the firehouse but was unable to do so as the locks had been changed.

Cloman told an officer that he came to the firehouse to wash his uniform, however, it was later revealed that Cloman was on medical leave. He was taken into custody and interviewed by detectives.

Cloman reportedly had keys to various fire houses all over Baltimore City and was in possession of a chainsaw that had recently been stolen from a fire truck. He also had a wallet that did not belong to him.

He has been charged with several counts of fourth-degree burglary, second-degree burglary, and theft.

Cloman is being held on $5,000 bail at the Baltimore City jail.

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