Mailbox Smashing in Washington County

By: Danielle Staub Email
By: Danielle Staub Email

It is the second case this summer of mailbox smashing in Washington County.

"The time frame of this incident is roughly around 3AM. We had a home owner actually hear some damaging going on outside the residence, by the time they got out there, the vehicle was gone and that's one of the hard things about these types of crimes is when you hear it, the suspect is already gone," said Washington County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Mark Warden.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office is investigating multiple reports with a total of 12 of damaged mailboxes that occurred last Friday night.

"We believe those all to be linked, due to the physical evidence that was left on the mailbox itself," said Chief Deputy Warden.

Chief Deputy Warden says smashing mailboxes is criminal damage. If caught, it is punishable with up to six months in jail, with a maximum fine of $750.

"They have to understand that they are disrupting the mail, individuals receiving their mail, it's a bothersome to individuals. Some of these individuals that are victims to these types of crimes are on fixed incomes, elderly individuals that can't just go out and buy a mailbox," said Chief Deputy Warden.

Deputies say even though this is usually a hard crime to catch, someone is usually bragging about it. Through word of mouth, the community will most likely lead them to the suspects.

"But I'm gonna tell you right now, somebody out there knows about this because those individuals have told somebody," said Chief Deputy Warden.

The sheriff's office says criminal damage and vandalism are usually higher in the summer when the kids are out of school and decrease during the school year.

The department hopes that is the case. They are still actively looking for suspects.

"We are still asking the citizens or individuals who have heard other kids talk about this to contact the sheriff's office," said Chief Deputy Warden.

The department is also investigating criminal damage and vandalism that happened back on June 13th, 2013.

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