Houston firefighter arrested, charged with theft

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by Malini Basu / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on June 4, 2014 at 5:19 PM

HOUSTON – A veteran Houston firefighter was arrested after police said they found him driving a stolen rental car. But that is not all what they found him with.

According to the Houston Police Department, John Allen Smith, 37, was driving a stolen car from Enterprise Rent-a-Car. Officials had been looking for it since last year.

Smith was pulled over on the 4200 block of Yellowstone Boulevard after officers noticed something suspicious about the car he was driving.

While searching inside the stolen vehicle, officers found a stack of identification cards that didn’t belong to Smith. Long-time neighbors were shocked to hear the news of Smith’s arrest.

“He’s not that type of person. I’ve never known him to do anything out of line like that. It’s unbelievable. I wouldn’t believe that he would do anything like that,” Charrod Matthews, a neighbor, said.

Investigators are trying to figure out what he was doing with the ID cards.

Smith has been with the city for more than a decade. He currently works in East Houston’s Station 42.

Prosecutors said the case is still pending and more charges could be filed.

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