SOUTH HAMPTON — A Dover man, who allegedly lied about being a South Hampton firefighter, a job he had not held for more than two years, was arrested and charged last week with theft of firefighting equipment from his former employer.
Matthew F. Twomey, 39, of 557 Central Ave., apartment 309, first drew attention from Dover police a few minutes before midnight on Dec. 11, when an officer stopped a Volvo he was driving for a one-way violation on Henry Law Avenue, according to Dover Police Chief William Breault. Twomey identified himself as a South Hampton firefighter and claimed he was coming from the scene of fighting an active fire in North Hampton, according to police, who said Twomey was wearing a hooded sweatshirt with the South Hampton Fire Department logo.
Several of Twomey’s statements caused the officer to become suspicious, prompting further inquiry into his claims. Twomey was cited for operating after revocation or suspension of his license and was not arrested at the time.
A subsequent investigation determined that although there had been a fire in Hampton that night, there had not been a fire in North Hampton as Twomey had claimed, police said. The investigating officer also learned Twomey had not been at the scene of the fire in Hampton and his employment with the South Hampton Fire Department had ended in February 2016. Command staff from the South Hampton Fire Department reported Twomey had been representing himself as a South Hampton firefighter since his employment ended, police said. They also reported he refused to return roughly $5,000 worth of issued equipment, which was the town's property.
Officers went to Twomey’s address the following evening and observed some of the missing equipment inside his vehicle, police said. Officers seized the vehicle and applied for a search warrant, which resulted in the recovery of more than $1,500 worth of South Hampton Fire Department equipment, police said. Twomey was arrested on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking, a Class A felony. He was released on personal recognizance bail pending arraignment at the Strafford County Superior Court on Jan. 17.
Dover police ask anyone with information to call the department at (603) 742-4646 or report tips to the Dover Crimeline at (603) 749-6000 or dovernhcrimeline.org.