When he walked outside at 5:30 a.m. Saturday, he said, his red Volvo was missing.
“My fire uniform from fire academy is in there,” he said. “The coat, helmet, trousers, the boots, the Nomex hood.”
Muratovic said he rented the gear for $850 and will have to pay thousands to get a new set.
“I can’t do anything without that uniform. Can’t go into any fires,” he said. “This upcoming Saturday, we have a wild burn, it’s a wild land burn, and I won’t be able to participate in that and it’s mandatory.”
He said the car was recovered nearby a few days after it was stolen from the same apartment complex in January.
He showed Action News Jax the key to the car and said he’s not sure how the thieves got inside.
He said he doesn’t care about getting the car back this time. He just needs the gear.
“Let them throw it out the window for all I care, as long as I get the uniform back,” he said. “If anybody leaves a big red bag somewhere, it says, 'turnout gear' on it.”
Muratovic said he hopes someone finds the bag or recognizes the South of the Border, sugar skull and JAX stickers on the back of the car before his training on Saturday.
Action News Jax contacted the apartment complex manager to find out if there’s surveillance video of the theft.
The manager said he’s still reviewing the footage.