Retired Fire Captain Faces Theft Charges

Search warrants turned up illegal guns, stolen ConFire equipment, NBC Bay Area reports; Jon Wilmot posted bail after December arrest. Lafayette police are involved in the investigation.

Updated 8 a.m. Friday: The Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office is expected to review a case against a retired fire captain who allegedly stole a wide array of property from the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District while employed there.

 Former Contra Costa fire Capt. John Wilmot, 51, of Alamo was arrested Dec. 10 on suspicion of grand theft and second-degree burglary in connection with the alleged thefts from district fire stations, Contra Costa County sheriff's spokesman Jimmy Lee said.

Wilmot was released from jail the same day after posting $30,000 bail, Lee said.

According to search warrant documents, warrant operations conducted that day at Wilmot's homes in Alamo and Concord and at his mother's Orinda home turned up hundreds of items believed to belong to the fire district, including gear, supplies and uniforms.

The fire district launched an internal investigation into Wilmot in May after a co-worker reportedly spotted a chainsaw, an iron skillet and sports drinks believed to belong to the fire district in Wilmot's truck parked outside of the fire station on Mt. Diablo Boulevard in Lafayette, according to an affidavit.

The co-worker recorded video footage of the property in Wilmot's truck and passed it along to superiors.

In the months that followed, fire personnel reported seeing other property believed to belong to the district in Wilmot's truck, including welding equipment, shears, an iron skillet, chainsaw fuel and a crescent wrench, according to the affidavit.

Last October, security cameras at the closed fire station on Los Arabis Drive in Lafayette captured Wilmot leaving with a transparent trash bag full of unidentified objects.

Fire personnel who reported various items missing from stations in Lafayette told investigators that there were no signs of forced entry but that doors were found unlocked, according to search warrant documents.

Fire district officials did not return calls for comment and Wilmot could not be reached.

According to a report on NBC, a judge granted a workplace violence restraining order against Wilmot, ordering him to stay 100 yards away from employees of the fire district, NBC reported.

Search warrants executed on three homes and five vehicles belonging to Wilmot turned up 53 guns. Some warrants were executed by Lafayette police, reported the News24-680 blog.

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Usual Suspect January 25, 2013 at 05:12 PM
He made over $200,000 in 2011! That is not enough for him? If convicted they should take his pension away.
Magic 8 ball January 25, 2013 at 05:44 PM
Honesty is a character trait. You either have it or you do not. How much money you make is incidental.
None January 25, 2013 at 06:30 PM
Retired at 51! Wow! What other employer, other than the Public Sector offers a retirement to anyone at age 51? And we wonder why our Cities, our Communities, our State and our Country are going broke. Where else, other than “Public Sector” can an individual retire at 51?
Informed Citizen January 25, 2013 at 07:09 PM
The sad thing is that the allegedly pilfered Fire Dept. tools, cooking equipment, sports drinks, etc., undoubtedly are a miniscule fraction of what taxpayers and property owners will have to pay him over the next 30-40 years. Even as of 5 years ago, a 50-year old Lamorinda fire captain retired at $241,000/year for life. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124804047828063059.html This unconscionable sum has been dwarfed this year with Danville Capt. Craig Bowen's retirement at over $300,000/yr for life. (And if married, they get to pass their pensions down to family members !!) With pension spiking granted by our County Supervisors (who pretend to be shocked by budget woes and fire station closings), allowing massive final-year overtime, unused vacation & sick leave, and other collateral compensation to enhance lifetime payouts, is it any wonder threatened, then punished, by service cutbacks and station closings as a means to ram through new property taxes to subsidize huge unfunded pensions and Health Care? Newly empowered Sacramento (Dems), drunk with their super-majority and a cooperative Governor Brown, have this week introduced a new State Assembly Constitutional Amendment (No. 3) to lower the voting threshold for all new Police and Fire property taxes to 55% from 2/3. Big surprise there. Not. When is enough, enough? Never. http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2013/01/california-proposal-would-lower-voter-threshold-for-police-fire-taxes.html
Chris J Kapsalis January 25, 2013 at 08:22 PM
He has THREE homes? And they want people with ONE home to pay more property taxes to keep a fire house open. Let me get this strait. "Search warrants executed on three homes and five vehicles belonging to Wilmot turned up 53 guns. " THREE homes? Dang, I bet he was against messure Q and parcel taxes. lol
Usual Suspect January 25, 2013 at 08:39 PM
Does anyone know if convicted can the state take his pension away?
Bailey Lee January 25, 2013 at 08:43 PM
None of these vermin got where they did by accident. FOLLOW THE MONEY TRAIL. Who voted for these obscene pensions; who allowed spiking; who OK'd the staffing? The same elected officials, some of whom still sit in positions of authority. If you allow the mindless hero worship of police, fire, and teachers to blind you to the truth, then you deserve every bit of the greed and larceny they perpetrate. Police, fire, and teachers are just people---most good and some very bad. The bad need to go to prison and the politicians need to go with them.
Magic 8 ball January 25, 2013 at 09:25 PM
No it cannot taken away. Have you ever heard of any pensioner, private or public, losing their retirement because he/she was later convicted of crime? One a person is vested the money is theirs.
Maxi January 25, 2013 at 11:38 PM
This creep of a fireman and public employee making over $200 000 per year stoops to steal toilet paper? Who was his supervisor or Battalion Chief? Doesn't this fire department have inventory controls and station security? Will he still get his pension, even if convicted? Maybe, maybe not. There is a new law on this effective 1/1/13, but it is as clear as mud. Read for yourself: http://taxdollars.ocregister.com/2012/09/05/end-of-public-pensions-for-convicted-felons/161483/ I would like to see Daniel Borenstein of the CC Times chime in on this topic regarding the pension regulations in one of his newspaper opinions because I hope this case does not get buried by the media. I also wonder if this guy will plead guilty and take his medicine or lawyer up and plead otherwise.
Chris J Kapsalis January 26, 2013 at 12:48 AM
WAIT. He is innocent until proven guilty. So he is as of now innocent. Are we going to try and convict him on Patch before he can defend himself? I am in no way condoning steeling, or defending him, only reminding people we are innocent until proven guilty. Not the other way around. Sometimes it looks so bad people start calling him a creep before the trial? There are cases of people being set up, framed. It does happen sometimes. And having been the victum of a nearly sucessful frame job once please just wait until the trial and a jury sees the evidence against him. Then throw your stones if you must.
Cnice January 26, 2013 at 06:14 AM
It seems like all you haters could not get hired as fireman so you are bitter... You mad bro?
1BrianWorkman1 January 26, 2013 at 07:17 AM
Movie rights will be up for grabs, to be shown on TV later this year!
Yoni Mayeri January 26, 2013 at 02:43 PM


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