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1 captured, 1 at large after burglary outside Atlanta fire station

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Fire Station 10 in Atlanta is the latest target for thieves breaking into cars and stealing guns.

Neighbor Danielle Philibose lives around the corner in Grant Park and said the neighborhood has been trying to keep a close watch on things.

“I just think they’re not thinking,” Philibose said. “I just think it’s a situation where it is some young people not thinking.”

Atlanta police said two people scaled a fence to the back parking lot and broke into two firefighter's personal cars, stealing one handgun.

“This is something that is concerning to us. It is something that has occurred all over the metro area and we are looking at increasing our patrols at the fire stations,” said Atlanta Police Sgt. John Chafee.

Police captured one of the suspects, a woman in her 20’s, and they are still looking for a man who fired a bullet into the air when he was approached by a firefighter.

“We’re doing everything we can as it relates to our firefighters insuring they follow the clean car campaign, but people still tend to do things that are devious to our firefighters, who are just trying to go about their day,” Atlanta Fire Department Sgt. Cortez Stafford said. 

The Atlanta Fire Department had recently added fencing, barbed wire and cameras to the parking lot, but it hasn’t prevented crime. So CBS46 challenged authority and asked if the department will create a policy prohibiting weapons on firehouse grounds.

“That’s going to be up to the firefighters. Right now there’s no indication to think that there’s a policy that needs to be in place, but of course if something down the line changes, we’ll let our firefighters know,” Stafford said.

The Atlanta Fire Department does have a policy in place which prohibits weapons inside fire houses. 

Investigators said they do have surveillance video of the incident, but they are not releasing it. They are also not releasing the name of the woman in custody because they are still looking for the other suspect, who could be armed and dangerous, and they want to preserve the integrity of the investigation.

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