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46-year-old accused of impersonating marshal

LAWRENCEVILLE - Impersonations can be funny coming from comedians, but when it comes to impersonating the law, or even a fire official, the laughing stops.

Fire investigators arrested Charles Wood Sr., 46, of Norcross on Tuesday afternoon. He is charged with impersonating a fire official, in this case a fire marshal, which is a felony, said Lt. Thomas Rutledge, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Fire Department.

Rutledge said Wood was found at his home and taken into custody without incident. He was transported to the Gwinnett County Detention Center, and his bond was set at $2,000.

It is uncertain whether Wood made bail the same day, but he was not listed on the detention center docket at press time.

According to the police report, the Gwinnett County Fire Marshal's office received a tip concerning the impersonation from Chris Thomasson, manager of John Deere Landscapes in Norcross.

Thomasson contacted the Fire Marshal's office when he suspected Wood might have been an imposter.

In the report, Thomasson said Wood represented himself as a fire inspector and proceeded to inspect the interior and exterior doors of the store. Thomasson said Wood also wanted to set up a store account for his son and proceeded to do so.

Afterward, Wood told Thomasson he lost his badge, but when the men walked outside Thomasson found a security guard badge on the ground.

Thomasson refused to comment on the matter.

Man accused of

impersonating cop

Gwinnett police issued an arrest warrant Monday for a man who is accused of impersonating a police officer.

According to the warrant, Jonathan Lee Powell, 28, said he was a Gwinnett County police officer when he intended to mislead another by saying he was an officer and challenging him to a physical confrontation.