GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Kent County deputies say a con man was able to collect thousands of dollars in a phony merchandise return scam by pretending to be a firefighter.
"This person has been very active in Michigan," says Detective Sgt. Marc Burns of the Kent County Sheriff's Dept.
Investigators say 40-year-old Jeffrey Lowery of Wisconsin used his con to cheat stores in 21 Michigan municipalities over the last three weeks, including the Walmart store on Alpine Avenue in Alpine Township.
They say Lowery identifies himself as a lieutenant or other high-ranking officer and says he is picking up the money for merchandise returned by other firefighters who had to rush to an emergency before the refund was paid.