Crime

Jun 21, 2012 9:08 AM by Summer Yu

Suspected fake firefighter faces more accusations

GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) - Authorities say a man accused of impersonating a firefighter at the High Park fire in northern Colorado is now being investigated over similar accusations at a fire west of Denver in March.

Jefferson County sheriff's officials said Wednesday that two Pulaski firefighting tools, a portable radio and other items that were issued to a purported firefighter during the Lower North Fork fire in March weren't returned. The gear was worth an estimated $2,400.

After Michael Maher was arrested this week on suspicion of impersonating a firefighter in northern Colorado, authorities who searched his vehicle said they found radios, including one that was reported stolen from the Lower North Fork fire.

Jefferson County investigators say they searched Maher's home Tuesday and recovered other gear issued during the Lower North Fork fire.

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