Former fire chief accused of theft

  • Sat Dec 31st, 2011 4:18pm
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Associated Press

WOODLAND — Police have arrested a former Woodland fire chief and city council candidate for allegedly using $5,000 he received from a 75-year-old woman for campaign expenses to pay off a personal debt.

Anthony “Tony” Brentin was arrested on suspicion of first-degree theft by deception and booked into the Cowlitz County Jail on Saturday, The Columbian reported.

His arrest was the second in the case. On Dec. 23 police arrested Brentin’s wife, Shari Brentin, on suspicion of one count of first-degree theft, three counts of obtaining a signature by deception or duress and two counts of first-degree criminal impersonation.

Police say the investigation is ongoing. Tony Brentin lost his city council bid to Marshall Allen this fall.