Ocean Beach Fire Engine Thief
San Diego Fire-Rescue battles a fire in Ocean Beach. The site became a crime scene as well. Photo credit: OnScene.TV

While firefighters worked to extinguish a fire in an abandoned commercial building in Ocean Beach Friday evening, a man stepped into a fire engine and stole equipment.

Police have images of the suspect, which they posted to social media with a request for the public’s help in identifying him.

Crews responded about 9:30 p.m. 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., officials said.

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

Meanwhile, police said during the firefighting operation, that the man entered a fire engine, took a bag containing equipment valued at more than $1,000, then rode off on a beach cruiser.

The department anyone who recognizes him to call 619-531-2000.