Shively PD: Man pretends to be Fire Marshal at local business

Police search for man posing as fire marshal

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Dressed to impress with a notepad in hand.  Police said a man seen in surveillance video told the clerk working at a Rockford Plaza Smoke Shop he was there to do a routine fire inspection.

“I looked at the way he dressed, the way he talked and I'm thinking this is not the guy that usually comes in all the time,” the store clerk told WHAS11 News.

The clerk shared surveillance video that shows the man walking through.  Authorities say he was pretending to inspect the fire extinguisher.  At the end, the man told the clerk that the inspection cost $30, writing him a receipt when he paid. The video goes on to show the man leaving the store in this white Saturn. The clerk says that's when he called the fire department.

“He came in with his chief and I showed him the video and he said, 'no, this is not our guy.'”

But, officials said this isn't uncommon. So what can you do to make sure this doesn't happen to you or your business?

“If there's any question, the resident or the business can always call the fire department and say, 'hey, is this person with your organization?  What are they doing?'” Mike Allendorf said, the Okolona Fire Department Fire Marshal.

Allendorf said there are a few things to look for if someone claims to be a fire marshal.

-What are they wearing?
-Ask for an ID.
-You shouldn't have to pay for an inspection. 

“If you suspect something is not correct, I would first and foremost contact Louisville Metro Police Department.  They can go ahead and identify by calling the appropriate agency,” Allendorf said.

Allendorf said images of the man police say is pretending to be a fire inspector have been sent to all fire marshals in Jefferson County.  If you have any information you can call the Shively police department at 930-2SPD. 


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