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Firefighters: Teen stole pick-up truck, purse and pills from South City firehouse

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A 14-year-old allegedly stole a truck, purse and pills from Firehouse 23 in South City. Credit: KMOV A 14-year-old allegedly stole a truck, purse and pills from Firehouse 23 in South City. Credit: KMOV
SOUTH ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -

A 14-year-old thief allegedly targeted a South City firehouse.

The suspect allegedly got away with over $8,000 in prescription medication and a Ford F-150.

"They {firehouses} are our home away from home. For somebody to come in and steal belongings of the first responders who are providing a 24-hour emergency service. It kind of gets at you a bit," says St. Louis City Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson. 

Monday, Jenkerson says the teen came to Firehouse 23, asking to be let in to buy a soda. He did not have an escort because the crews were changing shifts. Once inside, he left with much more. 

"The firefighter had his Ford F-150 pickup stolen. The paramedic had her purse stolen with some prescription drugs and a stethoscope that had a special meaning to her. It had some dog tags on it that was given to her by her brother before he went overseas," he says. 

In a nearby dumpster, the paramedic found her purse. Everything but the pills were inside. While the search for the teen is underway, Jenkerson says he doesn't plan on changing the firehouses open door policy. 

"We do not want to lock down these firehouses. These firehouses are a point in the neighborhood were people should be able to come, exchange information, see what we do we try to be as open to the neighborhoods that we are in," he says. 

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