College Station firefighter charged with stealing from local stores

Bond Curtiss Donahoe


College Station TX Feb 1 2014 A College Station firefighter turned himself into authorities Thursday in connection with two theft charges, police said.

According to an arrest report, Bond Curtiss Donahoe, 43, on two separate occasions stole items from Target and Lowes worth a total of about $880.College Station investigators said surveillance footage from both stores captured Donahoe taking the items earlier this month.

According to the report, Donahoe entered the Lowes — wearing his College Station Fire Department uniform — in College Station on Jan. 2, walking to the tool section. The report said surveillance footage captured Donahoe picking out a Dewalt tool set, valued at $579, and taking it to the customer returns counter, where he exchanged the set for a gift card. Lowe’s policy allows a customer to return an item without a receipt as long as they have an ID, the report stated.

On Jan. 17, surveillance footage captured Donahoe stealing a GoPro HD 1080P digital camera from Target by placing it under his CSFD uniform jacket, a second arrest report stated.

Investigators were given the case on Jan. 20 and an arrest warrant was obtained Thursday, police Lt. Chuck Fleeger wrote in the press statement. Donahoe turned himself in the same day, Fleeger added.

When officers asked Donahoe how he knew he could exchange the item at Lowes without a receipt, he told the investigators that “he didn’t know. He just tried it,” the report stated.

Stealing an item valued between $500 and $1500 is a class A misdemeanor; stealing an item between $50 and $500 is a class B misdemeanor.

Donahoe was released from the Brazos County Jail on Thursday after posting bail.