Lassen National Forest needs their radios back

A reward is being offered for information related to the theft of more than $60,000 worth of radios, computer equipment and electronics that are critical for operations in the Lassen National Forest

Posted: Feb. 8, 2018 12:14 PM
Updated: Feb. 8, 2018 4:51 PM

Thursday 4:45 p.m. UPDATE:

Firefighters at Lassen National Forest may have difficulty communicating with each other this fire season because more than $60,000 worth of radios, computers and electronics have been stolen.

Public Affairs Officer Gregg Goodland says cell phones won't work out in the forest, making radios critical for firefighting and public safety.

Some were being used by staff members at the time of the theft, but most were stolen from the USFS Radio Shop in Susanville on Wednesday.

Federal agencies are self-insured, so if they do not get the radios back quickly, they will have to order new ones. The federal bidding process is slow, says Goodland.

If you know anything about the stolen radios and electronics call the Lassen National Forest at (530) 252-6400.

A $1,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest in the case.

SUSANVILLE, Calif. — The Lassen National Forest is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for a burglary that occurred in the early morning hours of Feb. 7.

The USFS Radio Shop, located off of Fifth Street in Susanville, was burglarized for over $60,000 worth of radios, computers and other equipment used by firefighters for fire suppression and public safety on the Lassen National Forest.

Anybody with information about this incident is asked to call Patrol Captain Adam Hill or Special Agent Tony Magarrell at 530-252-6400. All information will be held confidential.

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