Two suspects arrested, accused of impersonating Charlotte firefighter

- Two suspects have been arrested for allegedly pretending to be Charlotte firefighters and going door to door trying to collect money for injured firefighters.

The Iredell County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to a suspicious person acting as a Charlotte firefighter last Friday.

Officers were called out the the 200 block of Woodstream Circle in regards to the suspicious man wearing khaki shorts, dirty work boots, and a sweat shirt from the Charlotte Fire Department. According to investigators, he was carrying a two liter green drink bottle with the top cut off that said "for the wounded firefighters raffle," telling homeowners that he was collecting money for the Charlotte Fire Department Fallen Firefighters.

Authorities identified the man as Paul Walker Jacob Mills and found him walking on the street in the 100 block of Woodstream Circle. He admitted that he didn't work for Charlotte Fire and had no plans on turn any of the money over to the department.

Mills told deputies his friend Charles Vernon Brooks III came up with the idea and and was collecting money in a nearby neighborhood driving a black Ford Ranger Truck.

Mills was arrested for obtaining property by false pretenses and drug charges.

He was taken to the Iredell County Detention Center and placed under a $5,000 secured bond.

Deputies tell Fox 46 Charlotte that Brooks was also arrested for obtaining property by false pretenses.


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