Police: Man steals money belonging to firefighters

UPDATE: The suspect has been identified, police say.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) -- It's a family-like atmosphere at Station 7 in Virginia Beach.

"You eat together and sleep in the same building," explained Public Information Officer Art Kohn.

It's not out of the ordinary for firefighters to save their own money and put it together for groceries for a "family" dinner like they did on December when they were at Walmart on Virginia Beach Boulevard.

Soon after the firefighters entered the store, they received a call for assistance. 

"If someone is calling us, we assume it is an emergency, and we respond right away," Kohn said.

They quickly left their cart and headed to the scene, but they left something behind.

"In a hurry to get out and respond to the call, they accidentally left the bag with the money in the grocery cart," Kohn said.
       
Police said that bag -- which was marked and labeled "VBFD Station 7" -- had more than $200 inside it. Officers are asking for the public's help to identify the man who walked away with the bag and money.

Surveillance images show him entering the Walmart with a little girl about a minute after the fire crew left. He found the bag inside the cart, and then left.

"They don't think this guy was targeting them or wanted to steal just from them," Kohn said. "It was simply a crime of opportunity."

If you have any information about who this man is, police ask that you call Virginia Beach Crime Solvers at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

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