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Deputies arrest Sacramento man suspected of burglarizing local fire station

Lonnie Scott Schaefer
Lonnie Scott Schaefer Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department

Deputies arrested a Sacramento man for allegedly stealing a power tool from a Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District station early Monday, according to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department.

Lonnie Scott Schaefer, 28, was booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail on burglary, vandalism and resisting arrest charges. Sgt. Tony Turnbull, department spokesman, said in a news release a power saw was found in a car connected to Schaefer and that officers found part of the fire station damaged following his arrest.

The incident is one of 14 burglaries, attempted burglaries and acts of vandalism reported to police at fire stations in the North Sacramento area since April 1, Turnbull said. Most were at Sacramento Metro Fire stations and one was at a Sacramento Fire Department location.

In those instances, expensive power tools like chainsaws and drills stored inside the fire stations or nearby sheds were targeted items.

Detectives have not yet determined if Schaefer is involved in any of the other incidents or whether he received any help from other people.

“We’re still in the process of finding that out,” Turnbull said Tuesday.

Monday’s burglary case started about 2:30 a.m. when deputies were called to a Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District station in the 8600 block of Greenback Lane in Orangevale about a burglary. When officers arrived, they saw a vehicle leaving the scene. Deputies stopped the car and the driver, identified as Schaefer, fled.

Deputies found the 28-year-old about 10 a.m. in a home in the 7100 block of Witchinghour Court in Citrus Heights, roughly 5 miles away. He was taken into custody with the help of Citrus Heights Police Department’s SWAT team, the news release said.

Schaefer is scheduled to appear at the Sacramento Superior Court for an arraignment hearing on Wednesday. He is not eligible for bail.

Nashelly Chavez: 916-321-1188, @nashellytweets