A 32-year-old woman is facing charges that she stole a Revere firefighter’s wallet while he was out battling a blaze in the city, officials said.
Aleesha McEachern stole the wallet from a fire station on July 7 and proceeded to use the credit cards inside to rack up hundreds of dollars of charges, police said. She was identified with the help of security footage from the station that showed her removing the wallet, Revere Police Lieutenant Sean Randall said.
Tips from the public also helped police to identify McEachern, Randall said.
Firefighter Jamie Nadworny said he left his wallet at the station to dry after it got wet while he was fighting an earlier fire. He said he did not realize the wallet was missing until the next day.
“I happened to be online and noticed some purchases made on my debit card,” he said.
Nadworny said public works department workers found the wallet in a trash can on Ferry Street in Everett.
“Everything was still in there,” including the debit card McEachern allegedly used to make purchases at Target and Famous Footwear, authorities said.
The charges on the card added up to just under $400, Nadworny said.
Nadworny said he would not be leaving his wallet unattended at the fire station anymore.
McEachern is being held at the Suffolk County House of Correction on a separate matter, Randall said. She faces charges of larceny from a building, identity fraud, two counts of credit card fraud under $250, and attempting to commit credit card fraud over $250.
She will be arraigned in Chelsea District Court on Monday.Kiera Blessing can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.