JPD Looking For A Man Saying He's Apart Of JPD's PROWL Unit

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -- "He is using his identity as a police officer to get money or vehicles from people," said Jonesboro Police Officer, Cassie Brandon.

Police say Shannon Chamlies is a smooth talker, and has approached several people telling them he's a member of the Jonesboro Police Department's PROWL Unit.

Chamlies does have a charge of financial identity fraud after using someone else's information to open a cell phone account.

The name on the account-- PROWL unit.

"The rest is word of mouth and what people have been telling us," said Brandon.

Police say the suspect has a badge and a certificate that police say he forged the chief's signature on.

Police say the suspect tells people he's with the Prowl unit to get money and vehicles, and that should instantly throw up red flags.

"We don't solicit the general public for money or vehicles. We have our own undercover vehicles so we don't have to use that route and we don't use that route," said Brandon.

JPD's PROWL unit's main job is assisting the drug task force and working things like street level narcotics crimes.

"80 to 90 percent of the time us, as PROWL officers, are in uniforms and in a marked car. If we are undercover, we're not going to come up to you and say hey I'm a PROWL officer," said Brandon.

Police aren't sure if he's armed, but say he should be considered armed, and don't give out any personal information or belongings.

Police say since he seems to be targeting anyone in the general public, they are asking for the publics help to find him.

"If he does approach someone we want them to call us and let us know so that we can get there and get him before this goes any further," said Brandon.

If you have any information concerning his whereabouts, you are urged to call Crimestoppers at 935-STOP.