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Transient accused of wearing stolen firefighter's jacket

2-1-12 fireman jacket
A transient and suspected illegal immigrant was arrested in Palmdale on Wednesday after authorities say they spotted him wearing an apparently stolen Los Angeles County firefighter’s jacket.

According to Palmdale Sheriff’s station officials, patrol deputies spotted Martinez Hipolito standing at Sierra Highway and Palmdale Boulevard while wearing the jacket. Suspecting that Hipolito, 49, was probably not a fireman, the deputies approached him and confirmed that he indeed didn’t work for the fire department.

Hipolito told deputies he found the jacket a couple of days ago and acknowledged that it probably was stolen, authorities said. Los Angeles County Fire officials later confirmed the jacket had been swiped off a truck, possibly on Monday.

Hipolito was booked on suspicion of receiving stolen property and placed on an immigration hold, authorities said.


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Photo: A firefighter's jacket from L.A. County Fire Department. Credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

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