Rash of mailbox vandalism plagues Fletcher

Published: Mar. 17, 2014 at 10:09 PM CDT|Updated: Mar. 24, 2014 at 2:29 PM CDT
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FLETCHER, Okla._Fletcher residents are upset after vandals targeted over a dozen mailboxes where nearly every mailbox along 165th Street was hit and residents say this isn't the first time.

Residents thought the first time it was just a few kids being teenagers, but two months later it's becoming a nuisance. One resident was already welding a new mailbox made with some pretty thick steel in case they do come again, they won't return after taking a swing at it.

Chris Colvin isn't a fan of the recent rash of mailbox vandalism. He's had his mailbox smashed and thinks just some bored teens possibly on spring break led to the destruction.

"They're out, nothing else to do, probably drinking. They're out driving around oh lets smash mailboxes that sounds fun," said Chris Colvin, victim of mailbox smashing.

Colvin says he understands the teens a little, looking back at when he was younger he once papered a house, but he doesn't think the teens understand the consequences of destroying mailboxes.

"For one it is federal property and it is costing people money. That's a $30 mailbox I have to replace now," said Colvin.

Colvin doesn't want the incident to happen again so like other residents, his mailbox will be built better.

"It's unfortunate kids do this stuff, and parents should teach them better, but that's not going to change anything. I guess by myself putting up a better mailbox will hopefully stop them," said Colvin.

As for filing a report with the sheriff's department like a neighbor did, Colvin is unsure because he doesn't know if it could lead to much.

"It's more of a nuisance than anything and I know it's almost a fruitless effort. It's one of those things it's hard to catch unless kids rat each other out," said Colvin.

But if they are caught, he has an idea on a punishment for the vandals.

"I think they need to go around and rebuild every mailbox they smash. That would be a good lesson. May pay for each one also," said Colvin hopefully.

No one in the sheriff's department was able to comment on this investigation, and as Colvin talked about it being a fruitless effort, the department did say not too long ago some mailbox vandals were caught in Pecan Valley after getting some information from the multiple reports that were made.

Destroying a mailbox is breaking a federal law, and can have a punishment of a fine and up to 3 years in prison. Also, a secondary charge can also be added of obstructing mail delivery and can carry a fine and up to 6 months in prison.