Kansas authorities say a man who impersonated law enforcement officers as part of a scam to cash phony checks and pass bad checks has been arrested in Oklahoma.
The Kansas State Bureau of Investigation says 46-year-old Robert Helms of Pittsburg, Kan., was arrested Wednesday in Vinita when a clerk at a Wal-Mart called police after recognizing one of the aliases Helms was known to use.
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Authorities told reporters that Helms targeted stores in Kansas, Missouri, Colorado and Oklahoma. He allegedly would buy electronics and gift cards with fraudulent checks from non-existent banks and cashed phony payroll checks from current and non-existent sheriff's offices in Kansas. Investigators say Helms would show a badge and a weapon and portray himself as a plainclothes officer or a detective.