Phoenix firefighter charged with robbing colleagues, arson

Feb 9, 2018, 4:15 PM | Updated: 9:55 pm
(Facebook/Phoenix Fire Department)...
(Facebook/Phoenix Fire Department)
(Facebook/Phoenix Fire Department)

PHOENIX — A Phoenix firefighter was charged with multiple crimes Friday after allegedly robbing multiple fire stations and setting fires as a diversion.

“It’s difficult for us,” Phoenix Fire Department Capt. Larry Subveri said during a press conference. “We are a family.”

The Phoenix Police Department said the firefighter, 36-year-old Ryan Donahue, allegedly stole cash from the stations when he was off-duty and his colleagues were out on calls.

“Obviously, this person knew what they were looking for,” Phoenix Police Sgt. Alan Pfohl said.

It was not immediately known how much money Donahue allegedly took.

Pfohl also said the man allegedly set at least two fires in the West Valley as a distraction.

“We believe these fires were a ruse to get firefighters out of the station,” Pfohl said, adding that no one was injured in either blaze.

Donahue was charged with eight counts of theft, one count of criminal damage, one count of burglary and two counts of arson. Officials said he was arrested Friday after robbing a station near 43rd Avenue and Thomas Road.

More charges could be coming, as police were still investigating.

Subveri said Donahue was a “rover,” meaning he was not assigned to a specific station and instead was rotated depending on need.

Pfohl said investigators allegedly saw the 11-year veteran of the fire department committing crimes, but did not give further details.

Officials were unsure of the Donahue’s motive.

Police did not believe Donahue was connected to a suspected serial arsonist linked to as many as 20 Phoenix fires or recent thefts from police vehicles.

Lifetime Windows & Doors

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(Facebook photo / Phoenix Fire Department)...

Newly named Pat Tillman Middle School held ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday

The former Balsz Elementary School is now officially Pat Tillman Middle School as a ribbon-cutting ceremony took place Friday.
1 day ago
(Phoenix Fire Department Screenshot)...

Firefighters extinguish rooftop fire on large commercial building in Phoenix

Firefighters extinguished a fire on the roof of a large commercial structure located near 43rd Avenue and Buckeye Road in Phoenix Saturday.
1 day ago
(Mesa PD Mugshot)...

Mesa suspect booked for repeatedly running over, killing man, police say

A 61-year-old man was arrested Friday for intentionally running over a resident multiple times in east Mesa, authorities said.
1 day ago
Virginia Walker, 64, was last seen in Phoenix on Friday. (Phoenix Police Department Photo)...

Silver Alert issued for 64-year-old woman last seen in Phoenix

A Silver Alert was issued for a 64-year-old woman last seen in Phoenix on Friday.
1 day ago
The search for 6-year-old Gerardo Romero Barrera ended Saturday morning after authorities located h...

Phoenix police say missing 6-year-old located in Las Vegas with his uncle

The search for a missing 6-year-old from Phoenix ended after police located the child in Las Vegas with his uncle early Saturday, authorities said.
1 day ago
In an aerial view, immigrants wait in line to be processed by the U.S. Border Patrol after crossing...

Yuma mayor: Gov. Ducey’s executive order to fill wall gaps ‘definitely helps’

Yuma mayor Doug Nicholls said they will use 40-foot shipping containers stacked on top of one another to fill out the gaps in the wall.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

(Courtesy Condor)...
Condor Airlines

Condor Airlines shows passion for destinations from Sky Harbor with new-look aircraft

Condor Airlines brings passion to each flight and connects people to their dream destinations throughout the world.
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Most plumbing problems can be fixed with regular maintenance

Instead of waiting for a problem to happen, experts suggest getting a head start on your plumbing maintenance.
Carla Berg, MHS, Deputy Director, Public Health Services, Arizona Department of Health Services

Vaccines are safe if you are pregnant or breastfeeding

Are you pregnant? Do you have a friend or loved one who’s expecting?
Phoenix firefighter charged with robbing colleagues, arson