KBI Details Scope Of Alleged Impersonator's Spree

Robert Helms

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The Kansas Bureau of Investigation put out a statewide call for information Tuesday in the search for man believed to be posing as a law enforcement officer to cash phony checks.

The KBI released a list Tuesday of 23 Kansas communities and one town in Arkansas where they say 45-year-old Robert Helms has pulled the scam. They say he shows a worker a false badge in order to cash fake payroll checks and write bad checks to buy items.

The KBI says Helms most hits were February 1 in Scott City and Russell. Their list also includes a January 20 swing that included stops in Sabetha and Holton. They say he pulls the scam at Alco and similar stores in smaller communities.

Helms is described as 5'7", 190 pounds with blue eyes and short gray hair. They say he may wear round glasses and look older than his age. He has recently been seen driving a maroon, possibly Chrysler or Dodge, minivan.

Anyone who sees Helms or has information as to his whereabouts should contact their local law enforcement or the KBI a 1-800-KS-CRIME.

The attached news release lists the dates and communities of Helms' alleged crimes.