Former Naperville firefighter charged with stealing drugs, burglarizing vehicle, police say

A former Naperville firefighter allegedly stole prescription drugs from a fire station drop box and burglarized a vehicle parked at the fire department’s administration building, according to charges filed by the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Zachary Volland, 34, of the 800 block of Preston Lane, Oswego, was arrested on a warrant Monday on two counts of official misconduct and one count each of burglary, theft-government and possession of a controlled substance, all of which are felonies.

Volland is accused of breaking into a vehicle parked at the Naperville Fire Department, 1380 Aurora Ave., on Feb. 10 and stealing prescription drugs from a fire station drop box at 601 E. Bailey Road between Feb. 1 and 10, a news release said. An investigation conducted by the Naperville Police Department led to the charges filed against him.

According to his LinkedIn profile, Volland was hired as a Naperville firefighter/paramedic in October 2018.

“The allegations against Mr. Volland are very serious,” State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said in a statement. “I would like to stress, however, that these allegations are levied against an individual and are in no way indicative of the Naperville Fire Department as a whole. This appears to be an isolated incident and no other employees with the Naperville Fire Department were involved.”

Volland’s next court appearance is scheduled for April 15.