According to the Paradise Police Department, they are now seeking criminal charges against a man they say posted pictures that made light of the devastation of the Camp Fire to Facebook.
They say they received a report about the pictures around 5 a.m. this morning, and immediately reacted to the information. Police say the man was a contracted crane operator. He has been removed from working on the Camp Fire burn area.
The company has responded to the incident and confirmed the man's identity as Rob Freestone. They posted on their company Facebook, saying "Bigge Crane and Rigging Co. regrets the insensitive and reprehensible actions of Mr. Rob Freestone. Mr. Freestone has been removed from the Camp Fire recovery effort and we are working with International Union of Operating Engineers regarding his actions. Bigge fully supports Paradise and all of Butte County in the effort to recover from the fires and we will continue to do so."
Bigge Crane and Rigging Co. has fired three people in connection to the pictures.
Action News Now does not have permission to post the pictures in question. They show a man in the burned area, holding objects or standing on property that was damaged by the fire, making jokes about the tragedy of the fire. The images include a dead cat holding a beer bottle, the man jumping in a burned-down trampoline and sitting in a burned down trailer with another man.
We are working to learn more about accusations brought against this man. Police have not yet confirmed reports of a fire safe being involved.
The charges that could possibly be brought against the man include trespassing, vandalism, or appropriation of property.
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