PORTLAND -- A man has been posing as a fire inspector and collecting money from Portland businesses, and police have released surveillance photos (above) and video (below) to help identify him.

The man visited several businesses on January 15, pretending to check fire extinguisher tags and then asking for cash payment in return for the service, said Portland Police Sgt. Pete Simpson.

Tuesday afternoon investigators said the man hit about six businesses from Northwest 9th Avenue to Northwest 23rd Avenue, including the Laughing Planet restaurant in the Ecotrust Building.

The suspect was described as a white man, about 6-foot-2 with a heavy build. He had short salt-and-pepper hair, and a heavy East Coast accent, Simpson said. He may have been driving a silver Ford F-250 pickup.

Anyone with information about this suspect was asked to contact Captain Greg Wong at (503) 823-3796 or by email.

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