Grove City Police Identify Man Thought To Be Impersonating Officers

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Grove City police released the identity of the man believed to be impersonating police officers.

Police say they believe Joseph Steward, who also is known as Joseph Earl Steward or Charles Steward, has been identifying himself as an officer and asking for cash donations for the Wounded Warrior Project.

Joseph, 45, also is wanted on several warrants through the Columbus Division of Police and the Madison County Sheriff's Office.

He is wanted for identity theft out of the City of Columbus.

Carryout owner Fady Abuayyash told 10TV News on Monday that Steward came to his store on Oct. 3 and claimed he was a sheriff's deputy.

Abuayyash told the man "no" because he said "something felt off."

Police said that they identified Steward thanks to surveillance pictures.

They said they believe he may have swindled thousands from more than 300 victims.

Anyone with information about Steward's whereabouts is asked to contact Grove City police at 614-277-1710.

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