Between June 10th and August 5th of last year many boxes of narcotics and various medications disappeared from the Utah County, Pleasant Grove Fire Department ambulances. Boxes of entanyl, diazapam, ketamine, morphine, and midazolam kept going missing.
Before the final robbery the Pleasant Grove Fire Station put up surveillance cameras. They video taped former Utah County firefighter James Ivie climbing up a 10 foot pipe up to the fire-station bathroom window and breaking into the station.
Ivie was taken into custody a later. According to reports Ivie still had an IV in his veins when arrested.
Utah County Police found several of the missing boxes of the missing drugs in Ivie’s car and home.
According to the Salt Lake Tribune:
Brenden James Ivie, 21, was a part-time firefighter with Unified Fire Authority (UFA) and the Lone Peak Fire District before he was arrested on theft- and possession-related charges.
Ivie pleaded guilty in 4th District Court to three counts of burglary, a third-degree felony; two counts of theft, a class B misdemeanor; and two counts of possession or use of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor.
On Jan. 22, Ivie was charged with a $1,301 fine and was sentenced to 36 months of probation.
The judge suspended Ivie’s incarceration sentences, which may have have included time in jail and up to 15 years in prison.
Other counts of burglary, theft and possession of a controlled substance were dismissed.
Ivie had been a high school intern at the Pleasant Grove Fire Department a few years ago, according to Deputy Fire Chief Drew Engemann. Lone Peak Fire District fired Ivie on Aug. 12, and the UFA terminated Ivie’s employment Sept. 10 (although spokesman Eric Holmes confirmed that the UFA took Ivie off the station’s schedule when he was arrested).
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