Durham Police 'Flag' Suspect Who Cashed Altered Check
Posted April 16, 2002 6:14 a.m. EDT
DURHAM, N.C. — Durham police have raised a red flag after several incidents of checks being stolen from local mailboxes, then altered and cashed.
Police said on February 25, a check was stolen out of a mailbox in southwest Durham County that had the red flag raised for the carrier to pick up.
The check was originally written to a credit card company for more than $2,000. Police said after it was stolen, the check was altered to be made payable to Kenneth C. Johnson and was cashed at a Durham bank.
The bank transaction was caught on surveillance tape.
Police said that Johnson, the man on the tape, could be driving a black Chevy Cavalier. A warrant for his arrest has been issued, but he has not been located.
Police said they are investigating three other similar cases.
On Thursday, police said a check for more than $3,000 was stolen out of a mailbox with the red flag raised in northern Durham County. A suspect vehicle was seen and described as being gold, 4-door and possibly foreign-made.
Police do not know if the incidents are related.