WESTFIELD, NJ – Police are warning local businesses to be on the lookout for a man impersonating a fire protection inspector from a fake company he calls “Metro Fire Prevention.”

The man offers to inspect and service fire extinguishers for a fee, Police Chief Chris Battiloro said in a statement Monday. The man visited two local businesses during the late morning hours on Sunday and either charged or attempted to charge them for services that he never performed, Battiloro said.

Police described the phony inspector as a white man, about 40 years old, 6-foot-2, with a heavy build. He is either bald or has a crew cut, police said.

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“The suspect is likely a former fire protection inspector, as he appears knowledgeable about fire extinguishers,” Battiloro said. “He pretends to inspect and service fire extinguishers, prepares and presents handwritten receipts and then demands cash payments.”

If you encounter this man, please contact the Westfield Police Department at 908-789-4000 ext. 0.