Mailbox vandalism spree draws police attention

The Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department is trying to track down the person who damaged 11 mailboxes in the western edge of the county over the weekend.

Judy Jackson, spokeswoman with the sheriff’s department, says that deputies began receiving reports of the damaged mailboxes near the Bartholomew and Brown county line. She said 9 were found damaged along White Horse Road and two on Bellsville Pike.

Jackson said mailboxes are considered federal property and federal law makes it a crime to vandalize them or to 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 to a mailbox.

If you have any information, no matter how seemingly insignificant, regarding the person  responsible for vandalizing these mailboxes, you can call the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office at 812-379-1650 or use the Tip Line at 812-379-1712.