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UPDATE: Suspected fake firefighter real, under arrest

A firefighter paramedic with the Sacramento Fire Department was arrested Saturday in connection with several burglaries, authorities confirmed.

Craig White, 30, of Roseville, was booked into Sacramento County jail Saturday and is facing five counts of burglary and three counts of elder abuse, according to a release from the Citrus Heights Police Department, whom initially thought they were looking for a man impersonating a firefighter to gain access to homes.

Citrus Heights police and Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District officials said the man, in his 30s, knocked on doors at multiple residences in the Sunrise Vista Mobile Home Park on Friday afternoon asking to perform smoke and carbon monoxide detector inspections. Once inside, authorities said, the man would use the restroom and search through drawers.

“He is a Sacramento City firefighter paramedic. He has been placed on administrative leave,” said Roberto Padilla, a spokesman for the fire department. He said he would answer questions at a briefing at 10 a.m. Sunday. He declined to say whether he was on leave at the time of the incident or was placed on leave as a result of the arrest.

Sacramento Metro fire officials noted that they do not send firefighters inside homes for smoke alarm, carbon monoxide detector or other types of inspections.

Call The Bee’s Richard Chang at (916) 321-1018. Follow him on Twitter @RichardYChang.

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