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Fake fire marshal scams mall restaurants

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ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) -

Atlanta police are looking for a man who took nearly $1,000 from several restaurants in Lenox Mall.

"He identified himself as an Atlanta Fire Department fire marshal and told them he had to do an inspection of their property. He did the inspection and he asked for $300 in payment," said Sgt. Greg Lyon, with the Atlanta Police Department.

Surveillance cameras captured the man walking around one restaurant appearing to conduct an inspection. Police said it's not clear why the man's appearance didn't alert employees that something was not right.

"He had a blue pullover on with white stripes on it maybe a T-shirt underneath but he wasn't uniformed at all. I have been at locations when the official fire marshals have done inspections before and they are always in uniform. Just like you could identify a police officer on the street, you could identify a fire marshal," said Lyon.

Crimestoppers is offering a $900 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the man in the video.

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