Home burglarized by another fake fire marshal

December 4, 2011 8:27:03 AM PST
Another area resident has been victimized by someone pretending to be an official in order to gain their trust.

On Wednesday at about 1pm, a man impersonating a fire marshal burglarized a home in the 9700 block of Highway 90 in northeast Harris County.

The Harris County Fire Marshal's Office was alerted that an unknown black male about 5'7" to 5'11", clean cut, 40 to 50 years old wearing a khaki shirt with a fire marshal logo on the left pocket and displaying a fake fire marshal badge had targeted an elderly man's home. The suspect was also driving a red Chevrolet pickup truck with dual rear wheels, with fire marshal lettering on both sides.

This investigation comes just a few weeks after another man impersonated a fire marshal and entered a woman's home in the 12400 block on Swinbrook Lane. That suspect was a Hispanic male driving a small white pickup truck. The fire marshal's office is still investigating that incident.

"Any time the trust we already have with the public gets eroded by individuals, and criminals, who take advantage of citizens by posing as public servants, it gives us concern," said Fire Marshal Mike Montgomery of the Harris County Fire Marshal's Office.

Officials suggest the following steps if you think you might be dealing with a fraud fire marshal or police impersonator.

  • Request to see the officer's badge and department identification.
  • Ask the officer to have a supervisor come to the scene.
  • Call 911, and ask dispatchers to send a supervisor to their location.
  • If you have any information on either of these two incidents, or you think a fake fire marshal approached you, you're asked to contact Lt. Hensley at 281-436-8073.

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