FULLERTON An armed man posing as a city employee possibly to case an auto dealership was arrested Tuesday, May 2, police said.
Police arrested Junichi Kitasumi, 28, of Irvine on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a firearm, burglary tools and narcotics.
Kitasumi also was in possession of prescription painkillers and Oxycodone, which he had concealed upon entering Fullerton Jail, Radus said.
Officers responded around 8:30 a.m. to the dealership in the 18 block of West Commonwealth Avenue for a report of a suspicious person, Fullerton Sgt. Jon Radus said.
The business was open.
Kitasumi, wearing a reflective vest, claimed to be a city worker checking on a power surge from the previous night, witnesses told police. But officers searched Kitasumi and found a loaded 9-mm handgun in his waistband and unspecified burglary tools, authorities said.
Officers also found a controlled substance and prescription drugs in his vehicle, he added.
Police believe the suspect may have been casing the dealership for car keys or to disable the security system, Radus said. The investigation is ongoing.
Radus said that business owners and residents should be aware of people posing as workers for services that weren’t requested.
“People should always ask for identification, and if they are unsure then make a phone call to the company to confirm the services,” he said. “At the very least, they can contact police.”
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