A photo depicting equipment used for "back burning" that was stolen earlier this week from a truck parked in a Salem hotel. (Salem Police Department photo)

Salem police are asking for the public’s help in finding the thief who stole fire-fighting devices out of a truck at a local hotel.

Sometime overnight on Sunday, Sept. 20, several devices used by firefighters to “back burn” or create controlled fires to slow the advance of wildfires were stolen from the locked box inside the bed of a truck, according to a press release from Salem police.

The truck was parked in the parking lot of the Doubletree Hotel, 1590 Weston Ct N.E., and was being used by a contractor for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management who was working on the wildfires.

Police said the thief took several boxes of FireQuick hand-thrown incendiary devices and FireQuick launchable incendiary devices that burn similar to road flares. The thief also took a .22-caliber launcher. The launcher is similar to a revolver and is used to launch flares. Its firing pin has been removed, according to the press release.

Salem police have provided pictures of the stolen items.

Anyone with information regarding this theft is asked to call the Salem Police TIPS line at 503-588-8477 or Corporal Stuart Gamble at 503-540-2349.

A photo depicting equipment used for "back burning" that was stolen earlier this week from a truck parked in a Salem hotel. (Salem Police Department photo)

Contact reporter Jake Thomas at 503-575-1251 or [email protected] or @jakethomas2009.

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