Authorities seek help finding Cameron man who poses as soldier
Posted May 15, 2013
Cameron, N.C. — Cumberland County detectives are searching for people who may have given money to a 39-year-old Cameron man posing as a soldier or government official.
According to the sheriff's office, James Edward Coombs, of 1203 Heritage Way, is believed to have posed as a Fort Bragg Special Forces officer, Sgt. 1st Class soldier or Federal Air Marshal in order to ask people for money.
Investigators say Coombs approaches people, tells them his wallet was stolen and he doesn't have enough money to get back to the military base.
Coombs is known to frequent the Walmart on Skibo Road in Fayetteville, and he has been arrested at multiple rest stops along Interstate 95 while pandering in a military uniform.
Coombs has previously been arrested for possession of a stolen car and credit cards, drug charges, fraud, forgery and disorderly conduct, authorities said.
Anyone who may have been victimized by Coombs should call the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office at 910-323-1500.