Benton Police now searching for 2nd suspect in Salem mail theft

SALEM (KATV)--One suspect is identified, however now Benton Police are searching for a second suspect.

We first brought you this story Thursday night, of a man accused of stealing mail out of the Salem Water Users' Association mailbox and writing fraudulent checks.

Now police believe there's a second person involved, but they have not identified the person yet.

Meanwhile, the water company has given people a break if their check was stolen.

Johnny Fair, 56, is being sought by Benton Police for allegedly stealing the mail and forging the checks.

"Still trying to determine exactly how many checks he got away with, but he took the checks and it appears that he either somehow altered the checks, and was successfully able to pass them through some of the banks," said Lieutenant Kevin Russell.

According to Russell, Fair may have cashed as many as half a dozen checks or more. However, not all banks accepted Fair's checks.

"He got turned away and they're working with other agencies because it's our understanding, he has tried this at numerous other banks throughout the Central Arkansas area," added Russell.

Russell said, stealing mail is already a serious offense, but when you forge checks on top of it, more charges accumulate.

"By doing those, each one is a separate felony and then there's also the possibility that the U.S. Postal inspectors could also file charges against the suspects," said Russell.

A warrant for Fair's arrest includes two counts of forgery and possibly more charges. Russell said, Fair is still in the area.

If you have any information:

Call 315-TIPS

Text CRIMES (274637) with the keyword BNPD in the body of the text.