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IE man arrested for allegedly impersonating a firefighter

KABC-TV covers Los Angeles and Southern California.

April 1, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
An Indio man has been arrested for allegedly impersonating a firefighter as a means of committing robbery and burglary.

Brandon Visyak, 24, would target women at a San Bernardino night club. To gain their trust, he would show them a California Department of Forestry badge that he unlawfully obtained.

In one incident, Visyak took one victim back to a motel room, waited for her to fall asleep and allegedly took property from the woman's purse. In a second incident, he was able to enter another woman's car without her permission and took off with her wallet.

In both cases, Visyak is accused of taking the two victims' credit cards and using them for purchases. Upon his arrest, police were able to locate the credit cards, the badge Visyak used to lure his victims and an authentic law enforcement badge from a police department located in Riverside County. Visyak has reportedly never been employed as a full-time peace officer or firefighter.

Visyak was booked into San Bernardino County Sheriff's Central Detention Center.