A spokesperson for the Martinez Jail said they a man who is accused of stealing from local firehouses has been released from custody after hiring bail bonds company to post a $30,000 bond. The defendant is 51 year-old former Fire District Capt. Jon Wilmot.
Wilmot was arrested in early December of last year on suspicion of burglary and grand theft. The incident began to unfold after Contra Costa Sheriff’s deputies executed a search warrant at both the defendant’s home, on all six of his passenger trucks and also at the residence of his elderly mother. Nearly 270 items believed to have been unjustly taken from the fire district were confiscated. The items reportedly included supplies, uniforms, tools and other items of value.
County officials say Wilmot had retired in mid-December, just before his arrest. He had been employed within the fire district for about 27 years.
Court records show the fire district was also successful in obtaining a civil restraining order against the defendant. The petition indicated employees had grave concerns after Wilmot exhibited aggressive behavior toward them. Those concerns were further augmented due to the hundreds of rounds of ammunition that had been seized from his property. Numerous fire arms were also confiscated. The Bureau of Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has since launched an investigation.
Other line items in the petition for the stay away order highlight additional reasons why the defendant is believed to be mentally unstable. One incident describes a woman who had been threatened with rape and decapitation after she accidentally disconnected one of his calls.
Prosecutors the case was first investigated by members of the Lafayette Police Department last September. Their investigative efforts enabled a search warrant to be obtained. It is unclear when Wilmont is due back in court.