Midland police make arrest in connection to stolen MFD squad truck

Midland police make arrest in connection to stolen MFD squad truck
Estaban Pando (Source: City of Midland)
Estaban Pando (Source: City of Midland)

MIDLAND, TX (KWES) - The Midland Police Department has arrested a suspect in connection to the theft of a squad truck that was stolen Tuesday.

The truck was parked at the fire station on Thomason Drive and Midland Drive.

Authorities arrested Estaban Pando, 29, around 9:30 p.m. Thursday after receiving a tip through Midland Crime Stoppers.

Police believe that Pando and another unknown suspect stole the truck before abandoning it in east of Midland. The truck sustained significant damage and equipment had been taken from the vehicle. Police said Pando took the vehicle to West Odessa where he stole from the Walmart and hit a pole as he was exiting.

"This is a big deal because firetrucks contain life-saving equipment," said Sergeant Jimmy Young with the Midland Police Department. "They have the jaws of life. They have an AED, they have anything to save a life."

Pando was found at his house in the 4200 block of Cedar Springs Drive, where over $60,000 in equipment stolen from the truck was recovered.

"But just think if it were our family members that needed that equipment and we had to pull equipment from the other side of town, that equipment is to save lives," said Young.

Midland police said Pando was arrested and charged with felony theft over $300,000.

The department is still looking for the second suspect, he is described wearing a black baseball cap, a black sleeveless shirt and had tattoos.

Anyone with information on this suspect is asked to call Midland Crime Stoppers at (432)-694-TIPS.

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