Pittsburg man impersonating an officer may be in southeast Colorado
Updated March 14, 2013: A Pittsburg, Kansas man impersonating a police officer may have tried to cash bad checks at a grocery store in southeast Colorado.
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation says Robert Helms of Pittsburg may be in Walsh, Colorado.
He portrayed himself as a deputy from Adams County, Kansas which doesn't exist and showed a fake badge.
Investigators say he may try to pass more bad checks in the area in the next few days.
Updated February 1, 2013 at 4:55 PM CST: Authorities are giving more details about a Pittsburg man suspected of impersonating a law officer, including his most common alias and the vehicle he drives.
Authorities say Robert Helms, 45, often uses the alias "Brian Moore". Helms has been seen driving a dark colored minivan, possibly a Chrysler or Dodge.
Investigators say Helms is a convicted felon and has duped thousands of dollars out of stores. They say Helms uses fake checks to purchase items ranging from electronics to gift cards, and if a clerk asks him about the checks, he flashes a badge and gun.
Anyone with information about Helms is asked to immediately contact their local police or the Kansas Bureau of Investigations at 1-800-KS-CRIME.
Posted January 24, 2013 at 7:54 PM CST: Authorities say a Pittsburg man is suspected of pretending to be a law enforcement officer trying to cash bad checks in Kansas and may be in the four-state area.
Investigators say the suspect is 45 year-old Robert Helms from Pittsburg -- he was last seen in Belle Plaine, Kansas Monday where police say he tried to convince clerks at two businesses to cash a forged check.
The Belle Plaine police chief says legitimate law officers would never try to cash a personal check at a business.
He says Helms contacted authorities stating he is on the run.
Belle Plaine authorities say he was last seen in the four-state area and should be considered armed and dangerous.
Anyone with information on the subject should contact their local police immediately or contact the Kansas Bureau of Investigations at 1-800 ks crime.
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