Freeport police arrested a suspended Long Beach firefighter on March 5, after he was allegedly caught shoplifting $63.77 worth of electrical items from Home Depot.
According to police, the incident occurred at 5:54 p.m., when officers responded to a report of a shoplifter in custody at the store, at 160 E. Sunrise Highway. Freeport Police Chief Miguel Bermudez said that the store’s loss prevention specialist reportedly observed 27-year-old Gregory Kavazanjian, of Long Beach, placing the items in his sweatshirt and attempting to leave the store without paying. Kavazanjian was placed under arrest and transported to Freeport Police Headquarters for processing. He was released on an appearance ticket.
Last November, Long Beach police charged Kavazanjian with misdemeanor criminal possession of stolen property. Police said Kavazanjian was in possession of a flat head ax and a Halligan firefighting tool, valued at $100 each. The items, police said, were included in lists of missing or stolen items reported by the city as a result of Hurricane Sandy. Police said Kavazanjian turned himself in to Long Beach police on Nov. 24. He was suspended from the LBFD without pay; the case is still pending and the matter is being handled in accordance with a collective bargaining agreement, police said.