A Sacramento firefighter arrested in December has pleaded no contest to two counts of first-degree burglary.
Craig White, 31, was a firefighter paramedic with the Sacramento Fire Department. On Dec. 5, while off duty, he dressed in his fire department uniform with his badge and went to residences in te Sunrise Vista Mobile Home Park in Citrus Heights. He went to seven residences, in each instance specifically targeting older adults with the intent to enter their homes to steal prescription opiates, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release.
Prosecutors said he identified himself to the residents as a government official who was there to conduct fire safety inspections of the homes, but he did not conduct any inspection. Instead, once inside, he asked the residents if he could use their bathrooms, where he searched for prescription medications. Authorities said he stole prescription medications from two of the victims.
Under the plea agreement, White will be sentenced to four years in state prison. That sentence will be suspended while he serves one year in county jail and is placed on five years of formal probation, according to the District Attorney’s Office. He also will be ordered to attend drug rehabilitation and pay restitution to victims.
Sentencing is set for April 28 before Sacramento Superior Court Judge Jaime Roman.
Fire officials stress that firefighters do not make unsolicited house calls to check smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms or any other home safety features.
Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.