Merrick man accused of impersonating fire marshal

November 9, 2013 8:57:45 AM PST
A Long Island man is under arrest on charges of impersonating a fire marshal.

Police say the arrest stems from a fire Oct. 31st on Hamilton Place in Garden City.

According to detectives, 54-year old Christopher Charles of Merrick, impersonating a fire marshal, went to a 7th Street apartment in Garden City attempting to sign a public adjuster's contract with the victim.

The victim discovered the man was not a marshal and contacted police.

The next day, police say Charles called Garden City Police and requested assistance in stopping a vehicle in front of the home where the fire occurred.

He allegedly identified himself as a Hempstead Police Officer and gave information which was dispatched to Patrol Officers, who were unable to locate the vehicle.

This was done in an attempt to prevent a competitor from being hired by the victims, police say. Charles is the owner of a fire restoration business.

He surrendered to Arson Bomb detectives in Williston Park Friday and is charged with Criminal Impersonation 2nd degree.