Photos show posing SC trooper cashed second fraudulent check

Surveillance footage of suspect on Feb. 27 (Source: HCPD)
Surveillance footage of suspect on Feb. 27 (Source: HCPD)
Surveillance footage of suspect's car on Feb. 28 (Source: HCPD)
Surveillance footage of suspect's car on Feb. 28 (Source: HCPD)
Surveillance footage of suspect on Feb. 28 (Source: HCPD)
Surveillance footage of suspect on Feb. 28 (Source: HCPD)

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) As Horry County Police continues to search for a man they say impersonated a South Carolina Highway Patrol trooper, it appears he tried to cash another fake check.

Sgt. Robert Kegler, spokesman for the Horry County Police Department, said officers responded to the 501 Mini Mart in the Conway area Monday after an unknown white male attempted to cash a payroll check from the "South Carolina State Police" on Feb. 27.

When asked for identification, the clerk told police the suspect said he left his driver's license at home but was able to produce a South Carolina Highway Patrol ID instead. According to Kegler, the identification stated the trooper's name was Sgt. Jesse D. Smith, who had been serving with the SCHP since 2007.

The suspect reportedly told the clerk he just transferred to the area and received paper checks until his direct deposit began. At that time, the clerk refused to cash the check and the suspect left in a cream colored Ford Crown Victoria with paper tags.

Kegler told WMBF News the police report stated no one would receive a check from the "South Carolina State Police."

Officers then contacted the SCHP, who confirmed there was no such trooper by the name of Jesse D. Smith and there had been no recent transfers, Kegler said.

The suspect is described as a white male standing 6' and weighing around 195 pounds. He is believed to be between the ages of 25 and 35 and has brown hair and a moustache. He also left the store with a blonde woman.

Only one day later, on Feb. 28, officers believe that same suspect attempted to cash a check at Allsbrook Grocery Store in Loris. That check was also made out the Jesse Smith, Kegler said, but it was from the Grand Strand MEdical Center where he claimed to serve as a part time security guard and a full time SC Highway Patrolman.

The suspect was unsuccessful in cashing that check at Allsbrook Grocery Store but cashed the check later that day at Mt. Vernon Grocery Store where he claimed to be a Narcotics Officer with South Carolina Law Enforcement, Kegler said.

Photos from the incident on Feb. 28 at Allsbrook Grocery show the suspects car. Detectives believe he shaved between the two incidents.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Horry County Police Department at 843-915-TIPS. Callers can remain anonymous.

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