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Pittsburg man accused of impersonating an officer has been arrested

Updated July 25, 2013:  Kansas authorities say a Pittsburg, Kansas man who impersonated law enforcement officers to cash phony checks and pass bad checks has been arrested in Oklahoma.

The Kansas State Bureau of Investigation says Robert Helms, 46, was arrested Wednesday in Vinita, Oklahoma when a clerk at a Walmart called police after recognizing one of the aliases Helms was known to use.

Authorities told reporters that Helms targeted stores in Kansas, Missouri, Colorado and Oklahoma.

Investigators say Helms would show a badge and a weapon and portray himself as a plainclothes officer or a detective.




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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