WANTED: Shively PD say man posing as fire marshal scammed business

WANTED: Shively PD say man posing as fire marshal scammed business
The man Shively police say is the fake fire marshal. (Source: Shively Police Dept.)
The man Shively police say is the fake fire marshal. (Source: Shively Police Dept.)
The man was last seen getting to a silver Saturn. (Source: Shively Police Dept.)
The man was last seen getting to a silver Saturn. (Source: Shively Police Dept.)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Shively police are looking for a man who allegedly scammed a business into believing he was a fire marshal.

Police said the man went to the Plaza Place Smoke Shop, in the 4700 block of Rockford Plaza, on Oct. 1 dressed in some form of uniform and said he was a fire marshal.

"The way he talked to me, he was so nervous," the shop's manager, who asked not to be identified, said. "I'm thinking 'this is not the guy who usually comes in.'"

Security camera video shows the man walking into the store and conducting a fake inspection including pretending to check a fire extinguisher and even leaving a bogus receipt.

The man asked for $30, and the manager said despite his suspicions, he paid the fee because he was busy and the amount was small.

"I got a customer that just walked in, and I tried to just let him go," the manager said.

"It's too easy to become a victim in these kinds of situations because you're trying to do the right thing and people will prey on that," Sgt. Josh Myers, a Shively Police Department spokesperson, said.

Myers said the small dollar amount isn't important.

"In this case, he got $30, but it could potentially be a lot worse," Myers said.

He said the Shively Fire Marshal does not charge for inspections and recommends people request to see two forms of identification if anyone says they are a city official.

It wasn't until the manager followed up with the fire department, that he realized what happened.

"I showed the video, and they said 'no, this is not our guy,'" the manager said.

Security camera video also shows the man arriving and leaving in a silver color Saturn, possibly an Ion. The car had a license plate with the first three numbers of 551. The Saturn was being driven by a second man who was Caucasian wearing a white shirt.

Anyone with information about the men or the car involved is asked to call Shively police at 502-448-6181 or tips line at 502-930-2SPD (2773).

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