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Alleged fake Dallas firefighter arrested

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Police arrested a man they say pretended to be a Dallas firefighter.

Terrance King allegedly showed up to the Plano Fire Department in full Dallas Fire-Rescue gear, claiming to be a firefighter.

Captain Brooke Smith was there Saturday morning, when King arrived at Plano's Station 9. He says King told him he was older, had been a firefighter for six years and was thinking of moving.

Smith says King chatted with guys in the kitchen, ate breakfast and even made himself a chocolate milk. 

He walked the walk and talked the talk - but there was one red flag after another.

"Initially he didn't have an fire department ID on him," Captain Brooke Smith, Plano Fire-Rescue, said, "and he pretended to call a supposed wife and asked her if he left it at home."

The final straw - Smith called DFR to see if there was someone on staff by that name. There was, but he was a different race than the suspect - and apparently missing one of his monogrammed shirts.

A call was made to Dallas police, who arrested King.

Dallas fire officials aren't sure how he got inside Dallas Fire Station No. 18 to steal the uniform.

King is being held on a $1,000 bond.

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