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Vandals destroy mailboxes

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Only one of several victims of random acts of vandalism along State Road 340 Sunday evening or Monday morning, Heather Payton holds the remains of her mailbox after vandals destroyed it.
During a vandalism spree sometime Sunday night, someone smashed or completely ripped mailboxes from stands throughout rural Clay County.

"I'm sure that when people left this morning to go to work they didn't notice any damage," Deputy Jason Frazier said about the case Monday. "We're just waiting right now for people to get home from work to get their mail, discover the damage and then make a report."

At least 10 mailboxes, three or four boxes at the Fox Run Apartment complex in Center Point and the rest along State Road 340 West, were damaged or destroyed sometime overnight Sunday or early Monday morning, according to Frazier.

Taking a drive westward along SR 340 W., there are many damaged mailboxes along the south side of the road.

Heather Payton's new mailbox was one destroyed by an unknown object, pulled and thrown approximately 30 feet away from the stand.

"I'd say I'm a little irritated about this," Payton said Monday afternoon after driving around her neighborhood to find other damaged mailboxes. "We just put a new mailbox up after nine years, and now we have to spend more money to replace something we already fixed."

After contacting the post office, Payton, who lives approximately 15 minutes from Brazil, was also upset about being inconvenienced by the random act of violence.

"I have to make sure that I call by 7:30 a.m. tomorrow, and then each day after that until we get a new mailbox," Payton said. "I'll have to have my mail held at the Brazil post office and then drive into town and pick it up."

With all the noise it would take to destroy a mailbox, Frazier is sure that someone may have heard something during the night or may know who was responsible.

If anyone has information about this case, or any other, they need to contact the Clay County Sheriff's Dept. at 446-2535.

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