Theft of Poulsbo firefighter jackets prompt warning to public to beware of potential impostor (VIDEO)

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POULSBO  --  The Poulsbo Fire Department is concerned whomever stole two jackets and two hats might use them to get their hands on false donations or even access to a hospital where they can get drugs.

This, after a thief broke into a volunteer firefighter's car Tuesday night parked outside his Kitsap County home.

“The center console had been completely gone through and the jacket was missing and inside the jacket pockets were two stalking caps with fire department logos on them as well, “ says Battalion Chief Kurt Krech.

Krech says normally firefighters don't leave their gear in plain sight, but in this case the volunteer had two fire department issued coats on the passenger seat of his car.

“In this day and age, trying to gain access somewhere hospitals, nursing homes, anything along those lines, we've let all of our medical people in the area know,” says Krech.

If a firefighter randomly comes knocking at your door, the department has this advice: “Unless you've called somebody to come to your residence, I would be suspicious of somebody coming up to your door saying I’d like entry or we're here to inspect. We don't do that.  You're not going to have one showing up with just his coat on. They will have uniform pants, uniform boots, shirt and generally they will be with another person.”

If you have any information on this burglary, call 911.


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  • Diane

    Not to embarrass the guy who lost his jackets, but we should probably know the name of who it is so we can be aware of what to look out for. ID’s can be false also. So it would be very helpful if you said, look out for anyone wearing a jacket with the name Joe Smoe on it. I know he may want privacy, but yet at the same time, it’s for the safety of the public. Just my honest opinion.

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