Drive-by vandals destroy several mailboxes

By Andy Jenks - bio | email 

Posted by Terry Alexander - email

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - Vandals took their hacks on a long line of mailboxes in Henrico County. It happened in the far west end on Kain Road.

Neighbors woke up Sunday to find about twenty mailboxes damaged or destroyed. Now they're picking up the pieces.

The way neighbors see it, it had to be a two-person job. One guy driving, and another in the passenger seat. Neighbors believe it was "that" guy who took a baseball bat and swung at every mailbox on the right hand side of the road.

Rosa Garcia's mailbox was attacked Saturday night. Just like everybody else's on her side of Kain Road.

"They're all over the road. And it seems that it was only the right hand side," said Rosa.

Some were dented. Others were destroyed. Leaving neighbors, dumbfounded.

"And I went to get the newspaper, Sunday morning, and this was laying on the ground and I remember thinking, "What is that?" said Deb Angstadt.

To the people who live here, it's more than a busted piece of plastic.

"It's disconcerting, it's so unnecessary," said Deb.

It could be the start of something, not so good.

"First, it's gonna be mailboxes, next thing is gonna be our cars, our homes, if we don't speak up," Rosa said.

So neighbors are standing together. Hoping that a greater awareness of the crime will keep it from happening again.

"Our post was down in cement, somebody may have really, gotten a wallop into their shoulder or arm by doing this, and I don't think they think about that when doing it," Deb said.

The neighbors we caught up with said it cost about forty dollars to buy a replacement mailbox, which most of them did before Monday's mail delivery.

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