GOOCHLAND, VA—A Goochland County volunteer firefighter charged with stealing more than $1,000 from his own firehouse is set to appear in court Monday.
Dennis J. Gordon, 54, of central Goochland, faces two felony grand larceny charges, as well as a misdemeanor larceny charge stemming from a Sheriff's Office investigation.
Sheriff James L. Agnew confirms that deputies received a report on March 19 of a $1,300 in cash stolen from the firehouse. The money was part of the cost of a lunch wagon, which cost $1,300.
Deputies placed a hidden camera with the approval of firehouse staff. When they reviewed the footage on Tuesday, April 2, deputies recognized Gordon from another video recorded on March 29.
The video shows a man appearing to be Gordon entering the locked firehouse office, rifling through drawers, and placing two envelopes containing cash in his pockets.
The stolen money came from drink sales. Authorities say Gordon was wearing rubber gloves as he searched the office.
On Monday, April 1, investigators confronted Gordon, who was returning from a training class in Henrico. Gordon admitted stealing $200 on March 29 as well as the $1300 theft reported on March 19, according to authorities. He was charged with an additional theft of $20 that took place on March 1.
Gordon was taken to jail and released on an unsecured bond late Tuesday afternoon, April 2. He faces a court hearing in Goochland General District Court on Monday April 8 at 8:45 am.
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