Front Page Detectives

A Florida Fire Chief Allowed a Woman to Spend the Night in the Station. Then, She Stole a Fire Truck and Impersonated a Firefighter, Officials Say.

florida case
Source: Suwannee County Sheriff’s Office; UNSPLASH

Jul. 19 2023, Published 4:17 p.m. ET

Link to FacebookShare to XShare to Email

A Florida woman is accused of stealing a fire truck after she spent the night in a fire station, authorities said.

According to the Suwannee County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to the the Wellborn Volunteer Fire Department after receiving a report about a stolen fire truck.

Article continues below advertisement

At the scene, Patrol Division Deputy Larson Zimmermann spoke with the volunteer fire department chief.

According to the sheriff’s office, the fire chief told Zimmerman that he allowed the 44-year-old suspect, Belinda Delores Waugh, of Wellborn, “to spend the night at the fire station the night before.”

When the fire chief returned to the fire department the following afternoon because of a call, both Waugh and a fire truck were missing, according to authorities.

“While on the scene, Belinda called the volunteer fire chief and told him she had run out of gas and was at a business in Live Oak,” the sheriff’s office said.

Deputies went to the business and located both the missing truck and Waugh, who the sheriff’s office said, “claimed she was a volunteer firefighter with Suwannee County.”

The Suwannee County Fire Rescue administration denied the claim and she was never authorized to operate the fire truck,” the sheriff said.

Article continues below advertisement

The truck’s keys were found in a cup in the cab and Waugh was arrested and booked into the Suwannee County jail on charges of grand theft as well as fraud – impersonating a firefighter.


Become a Front Page Detective

Sign up to receive breaking
Front Page Detectives
news and exclusive investigations.

More Stories

Opt-out of personalized ads

© Copyright 2024 FRONT PAGE DETECTIVES™️. A DIVISION OF MYSTIFY ENTERTAINMENT NETWORK INC. FRONT PAGE DETECTIVES is a registered trademark. All rights reserved. Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our Terms of Service, Privacy Policy and Cookies Policy. People may receive compensation for some links to products and services. Offers may be subject to change without notice.