Larceny suspected at Cumberland Fire Department

Larceny suspected at Cumberland Fire Department

CUMBERLAND - The Cumberland Fire District's board of commissioners will convene in closed session tonight, Aug. 22, to discuss the Rhode Island State Police's surprise search warrant on the Mendon Road station Monday.

Confiscated in the search were the district's financial records.

Major Todd Capwell told The Breeze Tuesday that the State Police "received some credible information that there may be money missing from the department."

The search warrant was executed, he said, "to preserve the documents."

Members of the fire department are cooperating with the police, Capwell said.

The major said the investigation is "in its early stages," and will require "an intensive" review of records.

Capt. Benjamin Barney, assistant commander of the detective division, had earlier told The Breeze that collecting the records came after a two-month investigation.

James Leonard, who is chairman of the district's board of trustees, said Monday he has no idea what triggered the investigation nor who could be suspected of theft within the district's organization.

This department, the smallest of the town's four, is made up of the Ashton and Berkeley villages and under the leadership of an acting fire chief, Michael Feather.