Man goes to Spokane businesses claiming to work for Fire Department

Man goes to Spokane businesses claiming to work for Fire Department

Man goes to Spokane businesses claiming to work for Fire Department

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on March 3, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 3 at 2:11 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.—Spokane police went to Goodwill three different times on February 28 regarding complaints against the same suspect, according to the department.

Police said the suspect, 51-year-old Curtis Burgett, was caught shoplifting and was trespassed from the store near S. Spokane Street and E. 2nd Avenue at 11:00 a.m. Police said at 2:00 p.m., Burgett returned and was in the parking lot looking in cars and scaring customers. They said Burgett returned once again at 4:00 p.m. The third time he returned, he was wearing a Spokane Fire Department safety vest, according to police.

Police said Burgett entered an electrical room, grabbed a pipe wrench and threatened employees. They said he then left the business and went to several other businesses claiming to be an employee with the Fire Department and demanded access to check their sprinkler systems.

Burgett was booked for 2nd Burglary, Attempted 2nd assault and impersonating an officer. Police said only fire marshals inspect sprinkler systems and fire marshals have limited commissions.

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