A Crestline man was arrested Thursday morning after he drove off with a fire engine that was left unattended by the Highland Fire Department.
At 9:45 a.m. April 1 Highland Fire Department reported their fire engine was stolen near Cooley Street and Pedley Street in San Bernardino. The fire engine was momentarily unattended in front of a mechanic shop. Fire personnel assigned to the engine were not on a call for service at the time. A Hispanic male adult was witnessed driving away in the fire engine.
The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, Sheriff’s Aviation 40-King, and California Highway Patrol officers canvassed the area to search for the stolen fire engine. At approximately 10:05 a.m., the fire engine was observed exiting the southbound Interstate 215 at University Avenue. Deputies and officers conducted a felony traffic stop and detained the driver of the fire truck. The suspect was identified as 44-years-old Mario Gomez.
The fire engine was released to Highland Fire Department personnel.
Gomez was arrested and booked at the Central Detention Center for on charges of grand theft auto.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department – Central Patrol Station. Callers wishing to remain anonymous can call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or may leave information at wetip.com.