Morrison County mailbox maulers await charges
Two juvenile males are awaiting charges following a spree of smashing mailboxes in Morrison County. Morrison County Sheriff Shawn Larsen in a news released reported that at 2:49 a.m. Tuesday, the office received a report of someone smashing mailb...
Two juvenile males are awaiting charges following a spree of smashing mailboxes in Morrison County.
Morrison County Sheriff Shawn Larsen in a news released reported that at 2:49 a.m. Tuesday, the office received a report of someone smashing mailboxes along Highway 27 east of Little Falls.
Deputies responded to the area and saw several damaged mailboxes. The Little Falls Police Department assisted and located a vehicle on the side of the road occupied by two juvenile males. Both 17-year-old male occupants admitted to damaging the mailboxes with a baseball bat. They are awaiting formal charges.
There were more than 60 mailboxes damaged throughout the townships of Little Falls, Agram, Pierz and Buckman.
PROTECTING YOURSELF FROM MAILBOX VANDALISM
Rural area mailboxes are vulnerable to vandalism because they are usually isolated, located on public thoroughfares, and frequently not visible to the box owners from their homes. City residential mailboxes are vandalized to a lesser degree.
Mailboxes are considered federal property, and federal law (Title 18, United States Code, Section 1705), makes it a crime to vandalize them (or to injure, deface or destroy any mail deposited in them). Violators can be fined up to $250,000, or imprisoned for up to three years, for each act of vandalism.
Postal Inspectors recommend these actions to protect your mailbox and any mail that may be inside it:
- Immediately report theft, tampering, or destruction of mail or mailboxes to your Postmaster. Report it to the Postal Inspectors online, or call 1-877-876-2455 (press 5).
- Obtain Label 33 from the Postal Inspection Service and affix it to your mailbox. The sticker warns that willful damage to mailboxes and theft of mail are crimes.
- Keep your mailbox in good repair, and make sure it’s properly installed. This may help prevent theft of the mailbox itself.
If you have information on mailbox vandalism, call the Postal Inspection Service to report it. Your cooperation helps apprehend violators. You may provide your information or complaints to your local postmaster or your nearest Postal Inspector.
Source U.S. Postal Inspection Service
Larsen wants to remind residents to continue reporting suspicious activity to the sheriff's office at 320-632-9233.