Authorities are searching for a man they say impersonated a fire prevention inspector and scammed a local business.
On Wednesday, a man claiming to be a City of Austin Fire Inspector entered a business and scammed the manager out of $200.
The man is described as a 30 to 40 year old Hispanic male, approximately 6'2" to 6'3" in height, weighing about 275 to 300 pounds and short hair. He was wearing a gray sweatshirt, black colored jeans and brown construction boots.
"Due to the specifics of this individual's actions, the steps he took, and what he said and did, we believe this may not be the first time this has happened," said Battalion Chief Aaron Woolverton, who oversees AFD's Investigations section.
The impersonator has also used the company names of "Fire Boss," "Dragonfire," and "City Fire Prevention." Several receipts have been collected with the "City Fire Prevention" company name written upon them.
AFD is urging any business manager or owner who has had any interaction with the suspect claiming to be a City of Austin Fire inspector to call their office at 512-974-0240.
AFD also is urging businesses to note that legitimate Fire Inspectors will be in uniform and will have proper identification visible and available upon request.