North Bellmore (WALK) - A volunteer firefighter is facing arson charges today after he allegedly set the car of an acquaintance on fire back in May.
The suspect, Matthew Greve of West Hempstead (pictured above), is with the North Bellmore Fire Department, according to police. He allegedly went to Dewey Avenue in North Bellmore on May 19th, where he broke a window of a parked Jeep Cherokee, poured gasoline inside, and set it ablaze. The SUV was completely destroyed, but no one was hurt.
Before the incident, Greve had allegedly gone to the North Bellmore firehouse, removed a Halligan Fireman’s tool and filled a water bottle with gasoline.
The Halligan tool is a metal bar used by firefighter's for forcible entry. It is especially useful in breaching locked doors, but it can also be used as a sort of axe or sledgehammer, and can be utilized to shut off gas meter valves.
Police aren't commenting yet on a possible motive but they do say that the supect and the victim know each other.
Greve, 25, is scheduled to be arraigned today at First District Court in Hempstead.