COCOA, Florida – Cocoa police detectives and fire-rescue crews are investigating a series of fire calls and the subsequent theft of a Cocoa Fire Department vehicle Saturday night in Cocoa, Florida.
The fire vehicle, a Ford F-250, was recovered and a suspect is being sought. There were no injuries and only minor property damage to a building as a result of the fires.
At approximately 6:34 p.m. on Saturday, November 23, 2019, Cocoa police and firefighters responded to 640 Brevard Avenue for a reported fire in a dumpster.
As emergency crews managed the scene, another call was received at 6:47 p.m. for a fire in a trash bin at a pavilion at Lee Wenner Park.
Additional emergency personnel responded to the second fire when a third call was received at 7:13 p.m. for a fire alarm activation at 225 King Street in Cocoa.
A short time after, at 7:19 PM, as patrol units were canvassing the area for suspicious persons, they learned the vehicle assigned to the district fire chief was stolen from the scene at 225 King Street.
The suspect abandoned the fire vehicle a short distance away at 430 Brevard Avenue and fled the area on foot.
Police say that the suspect appears to be a white male, thin build, wearing a blue t-shirt and tan or khaki pants. He wore a tribal tattoo sleeve on his left arm.
Detectives are currently working with the fire department to identify and locate the suspect.