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Firefighter Charged With Pilfering From Captain

A Rancho Santa Margarita man has been charged with taking small amounts of cash while in the firehouse.

A firefighter who allegedly made a habit of taking $20 here and there from a co-worker has run afoul of the law.

Gregory Mark Konishi, 49, of Rancho Santa Margarita has been charged with stealing $40 from a fire captain's wallet.

According to the Orange County District Attorney's office, Konishi is charged with two misdemeanor counts of burglary and faces a sentence ranging from probation up to two years in jail if convicted.

At the time of the crime, Konishi was a firefighter with the Orange County Fire Authority and worked in an Irvine fire station.

Konishi resigned Tuesday after being notified of the OCFA's intent to begin termination proceedings following an internal investigation, according to spokesman Kris Concepcion.

Prior to Sept. 28, 2012, a fire captain working in the same station as Konishi observed that small amounts of cash were missing periodically from his wallet. The captain subsequently placed a small, hidden video camera in his room at the fire station.

The D.A.'s office alleges that on Sept. 28, and Oct. 22, 2012, Konishi entered the victim’s room at the fire station and stole $20 each time from the victim’s wallet without the victim’s knowledge or consent.

The Irvine Police Department investigated this case.

Senior Deputy District Attorney Brett Brian of the Special Prosecutions Unit is prosecuting this case.

Konishi is scheduled to be arraigned Dec. 27, 2012, at 8:30 a.m., at Harbor Justice Center in Newport Beach.

Craig Yuhas December 20, 2012 at 04:56 PM
What ever happened to HONESTY, LOYALTY, and RESPOSIBILITY.. WHAT THE "F" IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE NOW ADAYS...?
Charles December 20, 2012 at 05:54 PM
It was never there. Do you happen to watch a lot of television?
American Girl December 20, 2012 at 07:26 PM
Dont they make like 120K a year ?? Geez
Teri Hansen December 28, 2012 at 02:29 AM
Don't judge unless you know FACTS! You don't know anything other than what the extremely biased OC Register prints. Must have been a slow news day for them. You don't know anything. Stress and trauma can make people to things that are out of character for them. This person is probably already suffering enough. Have some compassion.
Teri Hansen December 28, 2012 at 02:33 AM
Hey, June! See the response posted above. Have a little compassion. We have all made mistakes.
Teri Hansen December 28, 2012 at 02:38 AM
The OC Register jumped on this because they dislike firefighters, teachers and the unions that they belong to. That's why they are always bashing them in print any chance they get. This is a non-story, except to the few people involved. Get a life people.

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