The Dalton Police Department has arrested a man impersonating a law enforcement officer in order to rob several Dalton businesses. On Monday morning, Dalton Police officers arrested Kenneth Chad Burnum of Cleveland, Tennessee and charged him in connection with Thursday’s robbery at Pasteleria el Camino Bakery at 214 East Morris Street and also two attempted robberies today at Bryman’s Plaza North.
At approximately 10:30 AM, Mr. Burnum entered the El Agave store at Bryman’s Plaza North and told the store owner he was investigating the sale of stolen pieces of jewelry at the restaurant and asked to see the store’s cash drawer to see marked bills. When store owners became suspicious, they called 911 to confirm his identity and he left the store. From there, he went to the el Mundo Natural/Centro Nutristo store in the plaza where he also stated he was investigating the sale of stolen jewelry and asked to see the cash drawer, apparently identifying himself as an agent of the FBI to the store owner. When an officer from the Dalton Police Department arrived, he spotted Mr. Burnum in the store and attempted to arrest Mr. Burnum. He tried to run into the parking lot, but surrendered after meeting more Dalton Police officers.
Mr. Burnum had in his possession a fake law enforcement-style badge at the time of his arrest which read “Bail Enforcement Agent”. He is being charged with one count of robbery by intimidation, and two counts of attempted robbery by intimidation, and three counts of impersonating a law enforcement officer.
This case is still under investigation and more charges are possible.