The Belle Plaine Police Department posted this surveillance picture on its Facebook page. Chief Gordon Fell wants to warn area businesses and communities about this guy.
"He's presenting himself obviously as a law enforcement officer and he feels very comfortable in doing so,” Chief Fell said.
Chief Fell's post started to connect the dots among investigators all over Kansas.
"From [the] Kansas City metro area to South Central Kansas to Western Kansas,” Chief Fell said.
Officers from around the state are looking for the man. He stopped by the local grocery store Monday.
"He had mentioned he had been through cities, much like Mulvane and Wellington and was heading out of town and needed to cash his check,” Chief Fell said.
The 500-dollar payroll check was from Adams County, Kansas. He said he was a deputy there. Chief Fell says he even flashed a badge.
"There's no such Adams County that I'm aware of,” Chief Fell said.
The store clerk didn't cash the check... and called police.
Chief Fell says the guy tried to cash the same check at the Casey's--which happens to be right across the street from the police department.
"We were just 20 minutes behind this guy's trail. Or, we would have had him here in Belle Plaine,” Chief Fell said.
The man left Belle Plaine without getting any money. But not before Casey's surveillance camera took this picture.
"He came in and thought that he could present himself as a sheriff's deputy here in Sumner County and get away with that,” Chief Fell said.
Now, Chief Fell hopes someone else can stop him.
Officers say he may be driving a dark-colored SUV. If you've seen him, you're asked to call police.