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Man charged with stealing firefighter’s helmet

SEMINOLE — A Pinellas County man has been charged with stealing the helmet of a firefighter who responded to help his friend.

The sheriff’s office reports that Seminole Fire Rescue firefighters responded to treat an ill person Sunday morning.

While rescue workers were inside the home treating the sick person, authorities say 21-year-old Christopher James Bergling got into the unlocked cab of the fire truck and took the helmet.

The firefighter noticed that his helmet, worth about $500, was missing several hours later. Deputies were able to track it back to Bergling.

He was charged with grand theft, burglary of an unoccupied vehicle and possession of a controlled substance. He was being held on $7,000 bail.

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