EAST ATLANTIC BEACH, N.Y. (PIX11) — A man was arrested on Saturday for allegedly stealing an Inwood Fire Department truck and crashing it into a utility pole, which sparked a house fire in East Atlantic Beach, according to authorities.

Wilson Ulloa, 22, was seen in a security video entering the Inwood Fire Department, according to police. Ulloa then got into the marked department pick-up truck and drove through the closed bay doors of the building, authorities said.

First responders were then called to a house fire on Mohawk Avenue around 1 a.m. on Saturday. While investigating the cause of the fire, police said the truck Ulloa allegedly stole had hit the utility pole, cracking it in half and causing a transformer to explode.

With the assistance of the Long Beach Police Department, officials said they were able to find Ulloa walking near Pennsylvania Avenue and West Beach Street.

Police said Ulloa was arrested on the following charges:

  • Three counts of criminal mischief in the second degree
  • Burglary in the third degree
  • Grand Larceny in the third degree
  • Unauthorized use of a vehicle in the third degree
  • Two counts of DWI
  • Along with several vehicle and traffic law violations