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Two arrested in vandalism incident

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Vandalism to a mailbox resulted in the arrest of two young adults during the weekend.

According to a report provided by the Clay County Sheriff's Department, Jacob Cole Beckley, 18, Indianapolis, was arrested on preliminary charges of Manufacture and Possession of a Destructive Device, a class C felony, Criminal Recklessness, a class B misdemeanor, and Criminal Mischief, a class B misdemeanor, while Charles Andrew Shaffer, 18, Center Point, was arrested on charges of Manufacture and Possession of a Destructive Device and Criminal Mischief.

According to the report, CCSD received a report of mailbox vandalism outside the Clay City area at approximately 6:30 a.m., Saturday.

Dep. James A. Switzer arrived on scene to investigate and found what appeared to be the remains of a "chlorine bomb" inside a mailbox.

According to the victim, at about 4:15 a.m., two loud explosions were heard.

The victim, who remains unidentified, looked out their window and witnessed a vehicle driving away from the residence.

During the investigation, five suspects were named.

Four of the five allegedly cooperated during the investigation and provided identical details.

Those arrested, along with the three other suspects, were "playing around," according to the report provided by CCSD and meant no harm to anyone.

The "chlorine bombs" were made using common household items and, according to the press release, the suspects reported making the bombs several other times.

Switzer told The Brazil Times there are a few open cases primarily in the southern portion of Clay County regarding fireworks in mailboxes.

However, he said it was not known if those cases along with Saturday's incident, were related.

According to the release, it is possible that further charges may be filed against the other three suspects, whose identities were withheld.

As of Sunday evening, the investigation was ongoing.

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