ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – A St. Louis County grand jury has indicted St. Louis firefighter Arnold Britt on one felony charge of receiving stolen property and one misdemeanor charge of fraudulent use of a credit/debit device.
The allegations stem from accusations that Britt took the wallet of one of the survivors of a deadly crash in February and used the cards to make purchases in St. Louis County.
Four victims were killed when police said a red-light runner forced the vehicle over the South Grand overpass at Forest Park Avenue.
Seven Robinson-Laney was one of four survivors. While he was hospitalized, the crash victim said someone used his debit card.
In an April interview with FOX 2, Robinson-Laney pointed a finger of blame at a firefighter on the scene. “It’s just hurtful,” he simply put it.
During that interview, Robinson-Laney said police investigated the accusation but told his family that when the firefighter was questioned, he told police the card usage was a mix-up and was about to notify authorities. Britt was not charged with a crime in St. Louis City.
The grand jury indictment in St. Louis County alleges Britt used the debit card to make purchases at two St. Louis County gas stations and a car wash.
FOX 2 was unable to reach Britt’s attorney for comment. A St. Louis Fire Department spokesperson said the department continues to monitor the case as it awaits the conclusion of a thorough investigation.
Court filings indicate Britt’s next court date is Nov. 30.