KING CITY — An 18-year-old King City man has been arrested in connection with stealing thousands of dollars worth of equipment from the King City Fire Department.

On July 19, at about 12:17 p.m., King City Police responded to the report of a burglary at the local fire station at 422 Bassett St. Fire department personnel reported that property valued at about $3,000 had been stolen while the station was secured but unattended.

Items taken from the station included a fire services emergency radio, chainsaw and about 20 helmet-mounted headlamps. 

“All these items play a critical role in the fire department’s efforts to ensure the safety of the King City community,” police said in a news release.

An investigation led to the identification of the burglary suspect, 18-year-old Richard Silva of King City, who was already in custody at the Monterey County Jail for an unrelated matter. Silva was arrested July 22 and charged with burglary.

Richard Silva
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Ryan Cronk is the managing editor for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers general news for South Monterey County and the surrounding communities.


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