Mailboxes reported vandalized

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Lewisburg police have been called to Glenn Avenue twice recently for incidents of vandalism to mailboxes.

Officer Kevin Clark went to Ricky T. Ables' residence at about 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11. According to Clark's report, Ables told him "he heard a noise outside and looked out the door and noticed a vehicle had run over his mailbox and left the area headed toward Monroe Street." Damage to Ables' wooden post and mailbox was estimated at $100.

Saturday morning, Officer Dac Burrow was at 1110 Glenn Avenue, examining damage done overnight to the mailbox belonging to Calvin Edward Foxx. Burrow reported that the plastic mailbox, valued at $40, had been struck "with some type of hard object, knocking holes on both sides" of it. Burrow also noted damage to mailboxes at 1304, 1334, and 1380 Glenn Avenue.

Extra patrol has been requested for the area.

Mailbox vandalism is not just a prank; it is a crime with potentially serious consequences. According to the United States Postal Service's website, "Mailboxes are protected by federal law, and crimes against them and the mail they contain are considered a federal offense. Violators can be fined up to $1,000 or imprisoned for up to three years for each act of vandalism."