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Police: Man posed as fire inspector in northwest Portland

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Portland police want the public's help in identifying a man who posed as a fire inspector last month.

On Jan. 15, the man visited several northwest Portland businesses and posed as a private fire protection company employee, as well as a Portland Fire and Rescue fire inspector.

He checked fire extinguisher tags in each business and then asked for cash payments for his service.

Portland police released surveillance video of the man Tuesday.

He is described as white, 6' to 6'4" tall with a heavy build and short salt-and-pepper hair. He has a heavy east coast accent, and may be associated with a Ford F250 pickup truck.

In a typical scenario involving fire inspectors, the inspector would be in an official uniform, have proper identification and never request money. Fee-based inspections are always invoiced through administrative offices, police said.

Anyone with information on the man's identity is asked to call Capt. Greg Wong at 503-823-3796 or email greg.wong@portlandoregon.gov

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