UPDATE: Thursday, March 14, 2013
The chase of a Kansas crime spree suspect has moved to Colorado.
Authorities believe Robert Helms, who is suspected of impersonating a law enforcement officer to cash fake checks surfaced just across the state line in Colorado.
Law enforcement in Kansas have been tracking Helms since January. This week, authorities say he tried to commit his crimes in Walsh, Colo, about 18 miles west of the Kansas state line.
"They would not cash his check so he did not get any cash from our local grocery store here," Walsh Police Chief Connie Bradburn said.
She believes the man who tried to cash a check at the store about 6:15 p.m. Wednesday was Helms, the same man suspected in dozens of similar crimes across Kansas.
"He presented a badge, along with a sheriff's ID card and advised them that he had broken down his vehicle and that he needed to get this check cashed," Bradburn said.
As in several of the Kansas cases, Helms said he was a sheriff's deputy from Adams County, Kan. That county does not exist.
Bradburn said the clerk at the Colorado store was immediately suspicious.
"The clerk asked for his driver's license and he gave her the driver's license and the sheriff's ID," Bradburn said. "She said the pictures did not look a lot alike."
The clerk told Helms she could not cash his check, but she suggested the Baca County Sheriff's office could help him.
"When she advised him of that, he fled out of the building," Bradburn said.
Helms now has agencies across at least two states looking for him.
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation says, based on his patterns, Helms may try to pass fake checks in southwest Kansas or southeast Colorado the next few days. He should be considered armed and dangerous, the KBI said.
Anybody with information about Helms is asked to call 1-800-KS-CRIME.
Thursday, March 14, 2013
A man who has been posing as a law enforcement officer and writing bad checks across Kansas has apparently moved across the border.
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation received information that late yesterday afternoon, March 13, 2013, Robert Helms targeted a grocery store in Walsh, Colorado, 18 miles from the Kansas border.
Helms portrayed himself as a deputy from a fictitious Adams County, Kansas Sheriff’s Office. He produced a fake law enforcement officer badge which said “Adams County/Deputy Sheriff” on it.
Based on his previous pattern, the KBI believes he may possibly try to pass some more bad checks in southwest Kansas or southeast Colorado in the next few days.