Eight Red Cross jackets stolen

Jul 13 2011 - 11:18pm

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SALT LAKE CITY -- There may be imposters in Utah posing as volunteers from the American Red Cross.

Officials from the Greater Salt Lake Chapter of the American Red Cross have discovered that eight jackets with Red Cross identification were stolen from a First Aid Station Team vehicle at the Red Cross headquarters parking lot in Salt Lake City over the weekend.

The volunteer first aid team had returned the vehicle at 12:30 a.m. Sunday after providing first aid station support for the jazz festival. The next morning Red Cross staff discovered that one of the vans had been broken into.

The thieves also took lifesaving apparatus, first aid supplies and food items, but the jackets are of particular concern.

"We're concerned that people might try to wear those jackets and ask people for money," said Stan Rosenzweig, volunteer public information officer for the American Red Cross Utah Region. "It's important that the public know that Red Cross volunteers never ask for cash from the public."

Anyone dealing with those claiming to be Red Cross personnel should ask to see an official Red Cross identification card and not depend just on the clothing bearing the organization's logo.

Each jacket has a large Red Cross patch across the back and a smaller one on the front left side.

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