Here is the latest on the story from the Merced County Sheriff’s Office.
Sometime between 5:30 p.m. on July 23, and 5 a.m. on July 24, a yellow Rancho Santa Fe OES fire engine was burglarized in Merced County.
This fire engine was helping with the ongoing Detwiler Fires in Mariposa County and had stopped at the Quality Inn Hotel located in Santa Nella for some much needed rest.
Sometime during the night an as-then-unknown suspect used a pry tool to access the passenger door and entry was made into the engine. Once inside the engine the suspect took several items belonging to the Fire Department.
The firefighting equipment that was stolen has been recovered. Merced County Sheriff’s Office Detective Adam Deniz took on the case and put out a state wide BOL (be on the lookout) regarding the theft of the equipment.
Additionally, Detective Deniz checked the area looking for surveillance footage of the theft hoping to identify the suspect.
During his investigation Detective Deniz received a telephone call from the Stockton CHP stating they believed they had located the stolen firefighting equipment. The CHP advised they had made a vehicle stop on a stolen vehicle driven by 30-year-old Tyler Allen Huggins-Boyle who was the sole occupant.
Stockton CHP arrested Tyler and noticed several items of stolen firefighting equipment inside the vehicle. The equipment was from Los Angeles, San Diego, and Rancho Santa Fe Fire Fighting Strike Teams who had been fighting the Detwiler Fire.
There were also stolen items from an air conditioning repair service, says the Sheriff’s Office.
The total amount of stolen firefighting equipment recovered was $25,000.
Tyler was booked into the San Joaquin County Jail and the firefighting equipment has been returned to the firefighter strike teams.
The Merced County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank Detective Adam Deniz and the Stockton CHP officers for their hard work and dedication to this case.
(Photos Merced County Sheriff’s Office)
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