Bogus ‘health inspector’ arrested in ploy to open Las Vegas restaurant safes, cops say

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A man pretending to be a health inspector has been arrested more than a month after he tricked workers into opening safes at two Las Vegas fast food restaurants, police said.

The 22-year-old was arrested on Monday, Aug. 8, following the July 3 incidents at a Subway and Taco Bell, Las Vegas police said in a tweet and a probable cause statement.

He first stopped at a Taco Bell around 8:20 p.m. and told workers he was a Nevada health inspector, police said. He showed a badge and was let into the store by a manager.

After taking temperatures of food items, he asked to inspect the safe for rust, police said. Then he told a manager to put the money in a bag so he could look at the safe better.

He tried to run out with $975 in cash from the safe, but the manager ran after him and grabbed it, police said.

When police were at the Taco Bell, they got another report of a burglary at a Subway.

The man again pretended to be a health inspector at a Subway, police said. A worker told police he asked to check the safe.

He put the money in a cookie bag and walked out with $240, police said.

He was arrested on charges of burglary of a business and impersonating a public officer after police released photos asking the public for help in identifying him.

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