Authorities Searching for Mailbox Vandals - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/2/09

Authorities Searching for Mailbox Vandals

Vandals made mail delivery in south Lubbock County difficult Monday.  That's after more than 20 people discovered their mailboxes knocked down or destroyed over the weekend. Authorities say the vandalism happened early Saturday, between 2:30 and 4:30 a.m. along F.M. 1730 south of Woodrow Road.

F.M. 1730, which is also Slide Road, was littered with beaten and knocked over mailboxes Monday afternoon.  Sheriff's investigators were back on the scene to document the damage. Estimates for each box range between $20.00 and $200.00.

Right now, authorities say they have some evidence and identified possible suspects, but no arrests have been made. Fortunately, Lubbock County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Paul Scarborough says none of the victim's reported any mail stolen.  "I think it's just random, malicious destruction," Scarborough said. 

John Neudorf, owner of Horizon Builders at 19708 F.M. 1730, discovered vandals took-out his mailbox when his brother called Saturday morning. Neudorf says his mail was scattered across the highway. He called the sheriff's office, and says by that time, the dispatcher already had several reports.  "It's sad that kids or somebody thinks that's a joke to destroy somebody's property that way, and it really makes me want to look these people up, find them, and have them charged for the damages that they've done," Neudorf said. 

Authorities say the vandals could face a range of charges, depending on the total amount of damage. They could also face federal charges, because these are mailboxes. Lubbock County authorities ask anyone who can help identify the vandals to call the Lubbock County Sheriff's Office at (806) 775-1480. You can remain anonymous.

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