Lorne Sims who stole from volunteer fighters is wanted as of June 5 after allegedly breaching his conditional sentence order handed down on May 14. (Facebook photo)

Warrant issued for Chilliwack volunteer firehall thief

Lorne Sims alleged to have breached conditional sentence order handed down May 14

A man who stole from volunteer firefighters out on a call is wanted for breaching his conditional sentence order just nine days after he was sentenced.

Lorne James Sims was handed a six month conditional sentence for possession/use of a stolen credit card and three months conditional sentence theft under $5,000 on May 14.

But on May 23, Sims is alleged to have breached that conditional sentence order.

A warrant was issued for his arrest in Chilliwack provincial court on Tuesday.

Sims was found guilty of the charges connected with the incident on Aug. 5, 2016.

Described at the time as a new low, the Popkum Fire Hall was struck twice in that summer of 2016.

On one call, volunteers responded to a 2 a.m. page for a crash on the highway involving two trucks.

Back at the hall, someone looted their vehicles and of wallets, cellphones, work tools and other personal belongings. Pagers and radios belonging to the firehall were also stolen.

Then, while the crew was out on an all-day call a few days later that closed the highway for hours, someone struck again.

In total, they lost about $12,000 worth of personal effects and equipment.

The crime struck a chord in the community, prompting Timothy Christian students to host a fundraiser where they raised more than $9,000 to help replace stolen items.

After the guilty verdict, Sims contacted The Progress to complain about the coverage and to say he cleaned his life up, “got off the dope” and doesn’t do crime anymore.

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