Neighbors In Bartholomew County frustrated after being targeted by mailbox vandals

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BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY, Ind. (Feb. 2, 2015) – The Bartholomew County sheriff’s department is investigating after at least 15 mailboxes were damaged overnight in one community.

It happened along County Road 100 West and Georgetown Road sometime during the early morning hours Sunday. Neighbors woke up to find their mailboxes smashed with some of them broken off the frames and laying on the ground.

Neighbors like June Hurd aren’t surprised. It’s happened before on their street. “In a year and a half, we have put up four mailboxes. Granted, I think the snow plow may have got one of them, but I don’t know what happen to the others,” says Hurd.

Hurd says this time, though, she knows what happened. She found what was used to knock her mailbox right off the post. “The concrete was laying about here and it was the only thing I could see that would have done anything to it with the dent and then the concrete on the ground,” Hurd says.

She and other neighbors say it’s costly to fix and replace their mailboxes multiple times each year.

The sheriff’s department is still looking for possible suspects. Vandalizing mailboxes is a federal offense. The fine is $250,000 or up to three years behind bars for each act of vandalism.

If you know or see anything, you’re asked to call 911 or The Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department.

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