A Ford Heights fire department dispatcher purchased fire equipment he knew was stolen and then sold it at a south suburban pawn shop, authorities said.

The Ford Heights Fire Department notified Cook County sheriff’s police on Jan. 26 that a hydraulic unit used to power the “jaws of life” tool was discovered missing during an equipment inspection four days before, according to the sheriff’s office.

Investigators determined Varndell Hurrings purchased the stolen $4,100 tool for $40 from a person who has since died, then sold it to a Chicago Heights pawnshop for $80, police said.

Hurrings, 52, of Sauk Village, was released on a $20,000 personal recognizance bond in Markham Friday for felony theft.