(WXYZ) - Thieves are putting firefighters at risk in Ypsilanti.
They are forced to share helmets or use old ones after someone stole two helmets out of a fire truck.
The truck was parked outside of the Michigan Fire House Museum on Cross Street yesterday. The firefighters were inside for a negotiation session and when they came out, the helmets were gone.
Chief Jon Ichesco says budget cutbacks make it difficult to replace the helmets, valued at $250 a piece. "If we have to buy new helmets, we can't replace other important equipment."
The chief says the thefts are dangerous. Administrators at the museum are reviewing surveillance video for clues in the crime.
Chief Ichesco says if the white and black helmets are immediately returned, they won't press charges. However, if they have to replace the helmets, they plan to prosecute.
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