Police say a scam artist is telling victim's he's a law enforcement officer and taking cash donations for officers and wounded war veterans.
Carryout owner Fady Abuayyash says the crook came to his Grove City store on October 3, claiming he was a sheriff's deputy collecting money for wounded war veterans.
The business man told him “no” because he says something felt off.
“He was dressed nice. He shaved. There was still hair around, just not right,” added Abuayyash.
The suspect went directly to the auto detailing shop next door.
Owner Virgil McDaniel also spotted the red flags.
“When he started talking, I saw his teeth and they were cruddy,” said McDaniel.
Police say it was the suspect's greed that led to a photo being taken. Abuayyash says the man started to take off, but he yelled at him to come back.
“So, I told him ‘Ok I'm going to give you $100 just show me a badge or identification,” explained Abuayyash. That's when the accused crook got confrontational.
“So I am a thief? If I don't show you a badge I'm a thief? You talk to a sheriff's deputy like that?” the alleged thief said, according to Abuayyash.
Abuayyash told the suspect that if he didn’t have a badge, he was a thief. He grabbed his phone and started taking pictures of the suspect, his car, and even his license plate.
Grove City and Columbus police say the photos have led investigators to a person of interest, and detectives suspect the man in the photo may have swindled more than 100 mom and pop businesses out of their money.
The most recent would-be victim says he hopes police take the suspect off the street.