An El Dorado County judge set bail for Benjamin Cunha at 10-million dollars because his prior record makes him a flight risk. The new charges against him include facilitating the sale of stolen weapons, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and violating probation.
Placerville Police investigators say three men burglarized a home last week and stole two guns. Cunha was not involved in the burglary, but one of the suspects is an acquaintance, and Cunha allegedly told a friend about the stolen guns for sale and orchestrated the transaction. The three burglary suspects have been arrested, as was 25-year-old Eric Summer, the man suspected of buying the stolen guns.
Cunha's family members contributed many years in fire service.
Cunha was a volunteer firefighter for the Diamond Springs/El Dorado Fire Protection District since 2000.
Cunha also has worked as an apprentice firefighter for the El Dorado County Fire District and, from 2001 to 2003, was a seasonal firefighter for Cal Fire, said Phyllis Banducci, division chief for Cal Fire's Amador-El Dorado Unit.Previous related post: Diamond Springs volunteer firefighter pleaded not guilty Tuesday to three felony arson charges