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Police: Thief snags bag from fire engine as firefighters battle Ocean Beach blaze

Thief snags bag from fire engine
Posted at 6:28 AM, Jan 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-23 20:07:54-05

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Police have identified a man suspected of stealing a bag filled with equipment from a San Diego Fire Department engine while firefighters were extinguishing a fire in Ocean Beach.

Crews responded at 9:30 p.m. Friday to the intersection of Bacon and Lotus streets and found heavy smoke coming from the building, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

The fire was extinguished about 10:30 p.m. Friday, according to the San Diego Police Department.

Police said during the firefighting operation, a man got into an engine and took a bag containing equipment valued at more than $1,000, then rode off on a beach cruiser.

The department posted pictures of the suspect on its social media accounts and asked anyone who recognizes him to call 619-531-2000.

No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire was under investigation.