Cops: Man poses as fire inspector, robs 2 businesses

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

Detroit police are on the lookout for a fake fire inspector who allegedly stole a gun and cash, respectively, from two businesses since June.

On June 2 at 8 a.m., the suspect went inside a business in the area of East State Fair and John R. and said he was there to inspect the business’s fire extinguishers. An employee let the man behind the counter. Later that day, he found his gun missing.

Ten days later at 8:50 a.m. on the 4600 block of Woodward, the man used the same line to allegedly gain access to an equipment room. Later, the business found “a large amount of cash missing.”

The suspect is described as in his 40s, who stands 5 feet 10 inches tall, has long black hair and a gray goatee, weighs about 220 pounds. He drives a large, newer model red pickup.

Detroit Police Officer Shanelle Williams said when people have suspicions that an alleged public official is misrepresenting themselves, they should not only ask to see that person’s badge, but their departmental ID — or call 911.

Anyone with information on the identity of the fake fire inspector or his whereabouts can call (313) 596-1140.