A Jamaica Plain man maybe thought it would be a funny trick to steal a firefighter’s helmet from a firetruck while its crew was working on a call on Halloween night.

He will be treated to a night in jail and a few stitches at an area hospital.

At about 8 p.m. Sunday, Nicholas Duncan, 23, grabbed the helmet from Boston Fire Department Ladder 26, which was parked at Huntington Avenue and Fenwood Road at the base of Mission Hill, said Officer Eddy Chrispin, a spokesman for the Boston Police Department.

A witness ran up to a fire lieutenant and reported the theft. Firefighters called for police to respond and then drove down the road where they found a man who matched the suspect’s description sitting at a bus stop with two friends.

The firefighters approached the man asking about the missing helmet. The man reached into his backpack and produced the stolen helmet, handing it to the lieutenant.

Meanwhile, one of Duncan’s friends started yelling at the firefighters, pushing one in the chest.

Chrispin said that Duncan turned to run away, but smacked head-first into a pole at the bus stop.

Boston EMS treated Duncan, but Chrispin said he was “combative” with the responding medics. He was taken to an area hospital.

Duncan was charged with larceny from a motor vehicle. The friend, whose name was not released, will be summonsed to court for assault and battery on a firefighter, Chrispin said.

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