DALTON, WHITFIELD COUNTY, GA (WRCB) – Police in Dalton need your help finding a man who robbed a bakery while posing as a police officer.

According to the Dalton Police Department, a white man in his early 30s, clean shaven, with close-cropped hair, wearing a star-shaped badge around his neck entered Pasteleria el Camino Bakery around 10:00 a.m. Thursday.

The man presented a ring that he said was purchased at the business the previous day which was stolen property and asked to see the business' cash register.  When the business owner told him that the business was a bakery and did not sell rings, the suspect backtracked and asked to see receipts and the bills inside the cash register. 

When the business owner complied, the suspect said that he needed to examine one of the $100 bills and talk to someone on his car radio.  He went outside and did not return. 

The business owner saw the suspect leave in a dark, four-door sedan.  After checking the register, the business owner found that between 500 and 600 dollars was missing, including the $100 bill taken by the suspect.

If you have any information on this incident, or know of a similar crime being committed elsewhere, please contact Detective John Helton with the Dalton Police Department at 706-278-9085, extension 143. 

Dalton Police says if you have any doubts that you're dealing with a legitimate law enforcement officer, you can ask to see the officer's department identification in addition to a badge, or contact the 911 center to confirm an officer's identity.