Pa. Firefighter Accused of Copper Theft


A Washington County volunteer firefighter is accused of stealing tens of thousands of dollars from his own department.

Police say 25-year-old Michael Griest of New Eagle stole $40,000 worth of items from the New Eagle Fire Department.

Investigators told Channel 4 Action News they received a tip that Griest was stealing copper and brass items.

Police also arrested Griest's girlfriend, 22-year-old Tiffany Gola, of Bentleyville.

Gola is accused of helping Griest with the thefts.

Copyright 2011 by WTAE. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.