2014-05-03 / Editorials & Letters

Destroying mailboxes is a crime


Several mailboxes were recently destroyed on County Rd. 403 in Perry County. All those mailboxes belonged to someone. Maybe they were owned by people who could ill afford a replacement. Maybe they were owned by a person stricken by COPD or another illness. Maybe they belonged to someone whose husband had died or in advanced years.

Whoever did this needs to come forward. Did you know that it is against the law? According to the United States Postal Service, a single act of intentionally vandalizing a USPS approved mail box is punishable by fines of up to $250,000. Under federal law, anyone convicted of vandalism of a federally approved public or private mailbox may be sentenced up to three years for each act of vandalism. About 2:30-3 a.m. on Sunday, April 27, a small black truck destroyed several mailboxes. This truck would have sustained a lot of scratches and dents. I am asking anyone with information about this vandalism to contact me via The Beacon.

Sally Oldham
Thorn Township

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