Worker who posted photos of himself at destroyed properties could face criminal charges

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Police in Northern California say they'll pursue criminal charges against a wildfire cleanup worker who posted photos of himself posing at destroyed properties.

Officials in the devastated town of Paradise said Saturday that the photos and accompanying captions by Rob Freestone are "unacceptable and reprehensible."

One shows a grinning Freestone with a flower pot on his head in front of a charred home. Another shows him jumping on a burned-out trampoline with the caption: "Trampolines are stupid ... it used to be called a Jumpoline until your mom got on it."

Freestone and two other workers involved in the incidents last month have been fired from Bigge Crane and Rigging. In a Facebook post, the San Leandro company called the incidents an "abhorrent event." 

"Bigge regrets that the residents of Paradise and Butte County have suffered an egregious insult during an already devastating time at the hands of these three individuals," the post read. "Bigge supports and appreciates all our surrounding communities."

Paradise officials wrote on Facebook that the Paradise Police Department is looking into criminal charges against Freestone.

"This is unacceptable and reprehensible behavior," the post read.

Freestone couldn't be reached for comment.