WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) – Two captains with the Wilmington Fire Department have been arrested on charges including embezzlement, larceny, and obtaining property by false pretenses.
Fire Captain Kenneth Winston Altman, 47, was arrested on Aug. 2 for two felony larceny charges and was later charged on Aug. 11 with felony obtaining property by false pretenses.
An arrest warrant stated a man gave Altman $4,200 in cash to pay for and install a boat motor, but he never did. Documents related to Altman’s felony larceny charge were not immediately available, as they were being used in court proceedings Thursday.
According to Malissa Talbert, spokesperson for the City of Wilmington, Altman resigned from the fire department on Aug. 10, 2016. Altman had been employed since 2000 and most recently served at Station #6 on Carolina Beach Road. His salary prior to his resignation was $57,173.
Fire Captain Robert David Kidd, 45, was arrested Wednesday for felony embezzlement and felony obtaining property by false pretenses.
According to warrants, Kidd embezzled two chainsaws and a blower valued at $1,100 that were the property of the Wilmington Fire Department. He then allegedly sold the blower to a pawn shop for $100.
Talbert said Kidd is currently on medical leave and serves at the headquarters fire station on Market Street. He has been employed with the city since 1995, and has a current salary of $62,519.
“This is an unfortunate situation that we take very seriously,” Wilmington Fire Chief Buddy Martinette said. “Certainly, the department will cooperate fully with law enforcement officials to gather more information and complete this investigation as soon as possible.”
The investigation is ongoing.
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