ODESSA, TX (KWES) - Odessa police have charged a Midland man, who was already behind bars, for allegedly falsely identifying himself as a fireman while committing thefts.
Authorities say last Monday, officers were sent out to Wal-Mart, on Northwest Loop 338, on a report of a theft. Employees told officer that a man had stolen a workers phone as well as about $719 worth of merchandise.
Witnesses say the man was wearing a yellow vest that identified him as a fireman. After committing the reported thefts, the suspect then got into a Midland Fire Department squad truck, turned the lights and sirens on and then sped away.
The truck was later determined to be the one Estaban Pando, 29, was arrested for stealing on August 5.
Investigation also revealed that Pando is also believed to have used the truck while committing a theft at the Flying J Truck Stop on the same day as the Wal-Mart theft.
Odessa police detectives were able to get warrants for Pando, already in custody in Midland County, for impersonating a public servant and theft.