RYE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – Police in suburban Rye are attempting to identify an accused phony fire chief.
He scammed a local business and may strike again.
As CBS2’s Tony Aiello reports, it happened around closing time Friday, Oct. 8, at Playa Bowls in downtown Rye. A fire chief stopped in for an inspection, armed with a yellow pad. He performed a walk-through, before collecting a $500 cash fee.
Problem is, police say this fire chief was a phony – a scammer, not an inspector.
“It was an impressive execution, I’ll give him credit for that,” said Jarrod Jackette, owner of Playa Bowls.
Jackette says the guy was good. When the clerk said she had to call Jackette to fill him in, the fake fire chief said fine, and even got on the phone.
“He was like ‘I’ll be back next Wednesday, 2…