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.
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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.