Firefighter could lose job after shoplifting $7.98 of goods at Wawa

 (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

A southern New Jersey firefighter could lose his $78,096 job after he was convicted of shoplifting $7.98 worth of goods.

A Municipal Court judge on Tuesday found 34-year-old Ashton Funk of Northfield guilty of shoplifting from a convenience store in Margate in August.

Funk was not on-duty as a Margate firefighter or member of the beach patrol at the time of the offense. But the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office is seeking his dismissal from the job that he’s held since 2011, saying a public employee is subject to dismissal if convicted of an offense involving dishonesty.

The judge will issue a ruling at a later date.

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