TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - Police have released video of a man who posed as a health inspector and spent hours inside two local restaurants last week at the San Marcos restaurants on Broadway Street and Galena Street.
Police are still looking for the man who pretended to be a health inspector and even took pictures inside two San Marcos restaurants. They are asking for the public's help to identify him.
The man, who is dressed in a flannel shirt and hat and wearing a vest, spent hours inside the restaurants. He was able to access the entire business, including the market, restaurant, kitchen, food storage and office areas.
The restaurant's owner eventually became suspicious and called the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department. Real health inspectors went to the business and determined the man was a fake.
Deputy Health Commissioner Larry Vasko said the incident is concerning and a warning for other businesses to beware.
"They're going in potentially looking at sensitive documents, maybe looking at financial records, maybe looking at ways to rob the place later, who knows. It was up to no good no matter what their intent was," said Vasko.
The health department said legitimate inspectors will always have an identification badge on them.
The fake health inspector was seen leaving in a green Ford Explorer with Ohio license plate FNF6723.
Anyone who recognizes the man in the video should call CrimeStopper at 419-255-1111.