Authorities Searching for Mailbox Destroyer
Authorities are continuing in their search to identify persons who shot a series of mailboxes on Hoe Creek Road with a shotgun Monday and blew a replacement up Tuesday.
Sheriff Scott Matheny said Tuesday that the initial incident occurred on April 1, and was reported to the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office by a 54-year-old male.
A total of five mailboxes were riddled with buckshot.
On April 2, the same male contacted the CCSO to report that his newly replaced mailbox had been blown up.
The mail that had been in the replacement mailbox was scattered in pieces when deputies arrived to investigate.
The suspect, or suspects, involved have not yet been identified.
The CCSO is heading the investigation for the time being, but Undersheriff Quentin Reynolds advised tampering with mail is a federal offense.
The damage for the incident right now is estimated to be around $250 dollars, making it a misdemeanor crime punishable by up to 6 months imprisonment and a $750 fine, per Wyoming Statute.
But mailboxes are considered federal property under U.S. Code 1705, which makes it a federal crime to vandalize them, according to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS).
If the incident on Hoe Creek Road is reported to the local Postmaster, federal law enforcement agents with the USPIS could become involved.
Federally, vandalizing mailboxes is punishable by up to 3 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine for each act of vandalism, according to the USPIS.