A California Man was Arrested for Impersonating a Fire Official

A young man was arrested for impersonating a fire official after he allegedly called in phony emergency calls in Santa Cruz and Monterey counties.


SALINAS, Calif. (AP) -- A young man was arrested for impersonating a fire official after he allegedly called in phony emergency calls in Santa Cruz and Monterey counties.

Stephen Matthew Resetor, 19, allegedly told authorities he was a fire official when he call in bogus reports of a fire, a mudslide and an injury traffic accident in recent months.

Investigators also said Resetor allegedly stole fire equipment from the Watsonville Fire Department and the Monterey Fire Academy. No details were released about those alleged thefts.

Police served a search warrant at his Watsonville home around 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Resetor was booked into Monterey County Jail for investigation of impersonating a fire official. Bail was set at $41,000.