CONROE, Texas (FOX 26) - Firefighters like Mark Lefevre have enough to worry about when they're on duty, like helping people and saving lives, without this kind of stuff.
"We're the good guys," says Lefevre. "We're the fire department. We're supposed to help everybody and that's why we keep the doors open all the time, helping everybody.”
But on Thursday, someone took advantage of that open door policy and it cost Lefevre his truck. That someone is the guy whose image was captured on surveillance video. Firefighters say he had been hanging around the station asking for water that morning. Surveillance video shows him lurking in a bay before a firefighter gives him a cold water bottle.
Later in the video, you see him enter an unlocked door. Something spooks him and he leaves. The video then shows him open another door and swipe keys off a table. Not long after, Lefevre's truck is gone and with it too, his lieutenant's patience and sense of trust.
“It bugs me," says says Lt. Tim Kalbow. "We try to do the right thing. It's hot and just help somebody out and he takes advantage of us. It's not what we do.”
The surveillance camera failed to catch the man driving off in the 2003 Expedition with a broken air conditioner. After he stole the truck, he didn't simply vanish. Shortly afterwards, an employee at a Stripes on Kuykendahl and 99 was taking out the trash and found some of his belongings in a dumpster.
Employees say law enforcement officers have asked for the footage from the Stripes cameras too. They hope that someone will do the right thing, recognize the guy and turn him in or maybe he'll surrender on his own. Who knows? But bringing him to justice will go a long way to restoring a sense of justice and trust.