February 12, 2013 11:30On January 15, 2013, a man visited multiple businesses in Northwest Portland posing as a private fire protection company employee, and in one instance, a Portland Fire & Rescue Fire Inspector. The man's ruse was checking "fire extinguisher tags" in each business before asking for cash payment for services rendered.
The suspect is described as a white male, 6'0" to 6'4" tall, heavy build, short salt and pepper hair, and a heavy East Coast accent. The man may be associated with a silver Ford F250 pickup.
Surveillance images of the suspect are being released to assist the public in identifying the man to investigators.
Surveillance video of the suspect is available for viewing here: http://youtu.be/zt5LK3tJr0U
Portland Fire & Rescue wants to remind all businesses that City of Portland Fire Inspectors will be in official uniform, have proper identification, and will never request money. Fee based inspections performed by Portland Fire & Rescue are always invoiced through administrative offices.
Investigators would like to hear from other businesses that believe they may have been a target of these theft attempts.
Criminal Impersonation (ORS 162.365) is a Class A Misdemeanor in Oregon.
Anyone with information about this suspect is asked to contact Captain Greg Wong at (503) 823-3796 or Greg.Wong@PortlandOregon.gov.
Attachment: VIEW FILES
Public Information Officer:
Sgt. Pete Simpson
Lt. Mike Marshman