Hobbs Firefighter Quits After Being Accused of Theft

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

HOBBS, NEW MEXICO - A Hobbs fireman is off the job after accused of swiping prescription medication from patients' homes.

Department officials say 46-year-old Thomas Thomlinson resigned this week.

State police are still knee-deep in their investigation.

They say Thomlinson would respond to EMS calls and find out from the patients if they had any prescription medication.

Then he'd wait a while and come back, posing as a bug sprayer.

While he was there, he'd steal any medication's he could find.

The Hobbs Fire Department sent NewsWest 9 a statement, "it does not condone or tolerate anything employees might do to jeopardize public trust."

Thomlinson was booked into the Lea County Detention Center on Wednesday morning and has been charged with five counts of burglary and possession of a controlled substance.

Authorities say if you think you've fallen victim to his scheme, call state police.