Man Accused of Stealing CA Fire Apparatus

April 2, 2021
The Highland Fire Department apparatus was briefly left unattended in front of a San Bernardino mechanic's shop when a 44-year-old man allegedly got in and drove off.

Police arrested a man who allegedly drove off with a California fire department's apparatus Thursday.

At around 9:45 a.m., a Highland Fire Department was briefly unattended in front of a mechanic's shop in San Bernardino, according to the San Bernardino Sheriff's Department. That's when a 44-year-old man was seen getting into the rig and stealing it.

The sheriff's department and the California Highway Patrol canvassed the area for the apparatus, using a helicopter in the search. The engine was located shortly after 10 a.m. as it was exiting the freeway, and deputies and officers stopped the vehicle.

Mario Miguel Gomez was arrested and charged with grand theft auto in connection with the incident, according to the sheriff's department. He was booked at the Central Detention Center.

The apparatus was returned to the Highland Fire Department.

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