Kansas law enforcement officials have identified a man who is allegedly impersonating a police officer while trying to cash fake checks.
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation and local law enforcement officials say they believe 45-year-old Robert Wayne Helms of Pittsburg might be connected to at least 25 cases.
Belle Plaine Police Chief Gorden Fell says the man showed up in his town last week. Lyons police are investigating a similar case.
In some instances Helms flashes a fake badge and displays a gun. He has at least twice claimed to be a deputy from Adams County, which doesn't exist in Kansas.
The Kansas Department of Corrections lists Helms as an absconder, with past convictions for forgery, theft and kidnapping. Officials say he is considered armed and dangerous.