Thursday, July 15, 2010

Vandals strike at least 40 mailboxes in Palmetto

PALMETTO — Vandals were busy over a two-week period, knocking down or damaging at least 40 free-standing mailboxes in the Palmetto Mobile Home Park, in the 1200 block of Eighth Avenue West.

The hooligans first struck July 1, destroying 14 mailboxes, then followed that with more attacks last Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, according to Palmetto Police Department reports.

“The kids use some of our streets to cut through to 10th Street,” said Bill Bowling, a longtime resident of the park. “We can’t control those accesses because they’re public streets.”

According to Gary Sawtelle, a spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service, there is a federal criminal statute that provides for imprisonment and fines for willful destruction of mailboxes.

Lt. Scott Tyler said the department was investigating the incidents and asked that anyone with information to contact the Palmetto Police Department at 723-4587.

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