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Former volunteer fire chief is placed on probation for gasoline theft


Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan today announced that a part-time paid firefighter, who worked for Avenel Fire District No. 5 and also served as the departmentís volunteer fire chief, has been placed on probation for one year and fined $500 for stealing a gallon of gasoline, valued at $4.


Frank Boyle, (DOB 11/24/54) of the Avenel section of Woodbridge, also was ordered to forfeit both public positions. The sentence was imposed on Friday, March 27, 2009, by Superior Court Judge Frederick DeVesa during a hearing in the Middlesex County Courthouse in New Brunswick.


Under a plea agreement negotiated with Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Brian D. Gillet, the defendant pleaded guilty on February 10, 2009, to a count of theft, a disorderly persons offense, admitting he took the gasoline on June 22, 2008.


Boyle was charged following an investigation by Woodbridge police Lt. Joseph Nisky, who was contacted by fire officials after they viewed a tape from a surveillance camera, showing Boyle entering a shed on the fire districtís property and emerging with the gasoline.