Crime & Courts

Belle Plaine police receive tip about sheriff’s deputy impersonator

Belle Plaine police say they’ve received an anonymous tip that may lead to the identity of a suspected law enforcement impostor who tried to cash a bogus payroll check at two local businesses Monday.

Chief Gordon Fell said the tip came after police published a security camera photo of the man taken at one of the businesses on social media Tuesday. Fell said the man allegedly posed as a sheriff’s deputy for Adams County, Kan., (which does not exist) and tried to cash a check after presenting a badge to both clerks.

Neither cashed the check and alerted police, Fell said.

The man is thought to be connected to a string of similar incidents statewide, Fell said.

He was not in custody as of Wednesday evening, Fell said. It’s unknown whether the man is still in the area.

The alleged impostor is described as a white man in his 40s, about 5-feet-8 and 185 pounds with dark hair and glasses. On Monday, he was wearing black pants, a white dress shirt, necktie and a black, unmarked police jacket and was driving a dark-colored van or SUV, Fell said.