A Shreveport man claiming to be a law enforcement officer forged a check to buy a vehicle at a car dealership, police say.
Patrick Glen Poston, 28, of the 2600 block of Dupont Street in Shreveport, was arrested Friday, Oct. 23, and charged with unauthorized use of a moveable and forgery. Bonds totaled $200,000.
Minden police chief Steve Cropper says the victim Poston reportedly stole a check from left his vehicle at the dealership for repairs, leaving his checkbook inside the vehicle.
“Mr. Poston stole a check out of this guy’s checkbook, walked into the dealership and wrote a two-party check for over $30,000,” he said. “He claimed the check was written by his uncle, somehow convinced the dealership that the check was good and drove off in a vehicle.”
After some investigation, the dealership learned the check was stolen, and a representative from the dealership came to the Minden Police Department to file a complaint, Cropper said.
“This guy (Poston) left enough personal information with them that we were able to make contact with him and arrest him,” the chief said.
Investigators learned Poston has a very lengthy criminal history, Cropper says, and other charges may be pending. He explained that when Poston went into the dealership, he was wearing a polo type shirt with a badge embroidered on it and claimed to be with the U.S. Marshal’s Office in Shreveport.
“Come to find out, he didn’t work for any law enforcement agency,” he said.
Cropper says Poston later returned the truck after business hours, which was captured on video.
Minden police, assisted by the U.S. Marshal’s Office in Shreveport, arrested Poston and he was transported to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.