Glencoe man arrested, posing as law enforcement officer

Harold Eloit Helms (Source: Etowah County Detention Center)
Harold Eloit Helms (Source: Etowah County Detention Center)

GLENCOE, AL (WAFF) - According to Sheriff Todd Entrekin, a Glencoe man has been arrested for posing as a law enforcement officer.

Harold Elloit Helms, 56, walked into Riverview Regional Hospital on Oct. 29 with a handgun visible on his side. When hospital staff confronted him, he identified himself as Glencoe police and said he was assigned to the U.S. Marshall Service.

Investigators obtained a search warrant for his residence on Edgar Road, in Glencoe, where they found marijuana, drug paraphernalia and synthetic marijuana.

Helms was arrested on Oct. 31 and charged with one count of impersonating a peace officer and one count of first degree possession of marijuana, both of which are felonies.

Helms is also charged with one misdemeanor count of of possession of drug paraphernalia and one count of possession of certain chemical compounds.

The U.S. Marshall Service and FBI assisted in the investigation.

Helms was booked into the Etowah County Detention Center and was later released on a $14,500 bond.

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