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Firefighter accused of stealing funds

October 16, 2012
By JESSICA COLLIER - Staff Writer ( , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

TUPPER LAKE - A firefighter was arraigned Monday night on charges that he stole $1,400 from the fire department, police said.

Ian P. McLear, 38, of Tupper Lake, was charged with two counts of petit larceny at 6:15 p.m. Monday.

At the time of the alleged crimes, McLear was the captain of the Tupper Lake Volunteer Fire Department's Hose Company 3. He had access to the company's checking account, and he took money out on two occasions to pay attorney and court fees on a personal issue, village police Chief Tom Fee told the Enterprise this morning.

The account did not belong to the village, which runs the fire department, Fee said.

McLear took $800 from the account on June 5 and $600 on July 6, Fee said.

McLear was arrested at the village police station, brought upstairs and arraigned, then released to appear in village court Oct. 22.

In December 2011, McLear was hospitalized after falling off a ladder and suffering a head injury while fighting a Berkley Avenue fire.



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