5 of 6 Charges Dropped In Stolen Tire Case

Former Indian River County assistant fire chief Brian Burkeen was arrested and charged with stealing thousands of dollars from the county.
Former Indian River County assistant fire chief Brian Burkeen was arrested and charged with stealing thousands of dollars from the county.

VERO BEACH – Court records in Indian River County show five charges against former Assistant Fire Chief Brian Burkeen were dropped Friday.

The five charges were for dealing in stolen property for Burkeen’s involvement in the estimated $300,000 stolen tire scheme at the fire department in Indian River County.

The sixth charge of first-degree grand theft still remains, court records show. Neither Burkeen’s attorney, Andrew Metcalf, nor the Assistant State Attorney were available for comment.

Burkeen pled not guilty to all the charges on Wednesday and demanded a trial by jury. He was arrested last month after investigators said he obtained tires from two Goodyear stores in Vero Beach and charged them back to the county. Burkeen is accused of selling the sold tires at an undisclosed location.

Investigators say the retired assistant chief carried out a total of $288,251 worth of tires from June 2014 to February 2018.

Burkeen was released on $125,000 bail from the county jail.

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Andy Hodges grew up in Jupiter, Florida where he began his career in radio and TV broadcasting for over 12 years. He would make a career change to computer programming. Andy spent seven years working for tech companies in Atlanta before moving to Indian River County in 2002. He returned to the news sector in 2005 as a writer. Andy joined Sebastian Daily in 2016 as our editor in chief.