'I can tell by your face, nothing's wrong,' said the bogus paramedic


Law enforcement officials want folks in east central Minnesota to keep an eye out for a man pretending to be a paramedic.

The Kanabec County Sheriff's office says a call came in about a man who pulled up to a home in an ambulance with no hospital markings on it, wearing a jacket with the word "paramedic" on the back, KSTP reports.

Authorities say no one at the home had called for help. According to their account, the lone "paramedic" asked residents in the home if there was a problem and then left, remarking "I can tell by your face, nothing's wrong," KARE 11 says.

The Kanabec County Times explains that investigators believe the man to be an impostor who was looking for unoccupied homes to burglarize.

The Brainerd Dispatch published the crime alert issued by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. It describes the suspect as a slender man about 5'7" tall with medium length dark hair. Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Kanabec County Investigator Jeff Feine at 320-679-8430.

Impersonating a paramedic is not unheard of, though one such case took an unusual twist in northern California last week.

Police in Citrus Heights said they'd arrested a man posing as a fire department employee who had knocked on doors in a mobile home park and asked to inspect the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors of residents. Homeowners said the man stole items, the Citrus Heights Sentinel reported.

But it turned out the suspect really was a paramedic – with the nearby Sacramento City fire department. The Sacramento Bee reports he's now on leave from that job while facing charges of burglary and elder abuse.

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