Authorities after Cedar Road mailbox vandal
by Rory Doyle
Jul 28, 2013 | 2228 views | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Cedar Road resident Joe Odom points to his sister's vandalized mailbox on Friday. Residents up and down the street have been victim to pointless mailbox vandalism multiple times within the last year.
Bolivar Commercial / Rory Doyle Cedar Road resident Joe Odom points to his sister's vandalized mailbox on Friday. Residents up and down the street have been victim to pointless mailbox vandalism multiple times within the last year.
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Those who vandalize personal property, especially on multiple occasions, are bound to be caught.

Bolivar County Sheriff Kelvin Williams said he would not tolerate recent reports of damaged mailboxes along Cedar Road, located on county land just outside of Cleveland.

Multiple calls were made to the sheriff's department around 1:45 a.m. Tuesday after residents were woken up by loud sounds made by the vandal.

An unknown driver in a black Chevy truck was reportedly spotted leaving the scene, however, details on how the damage was done was not confirmed in the incident report.

Chris Taylor, a homeowner on the road, said it's pretty evident that a baseball bat, or something similar, is being used to tear up the mailboxes.

Taylor said this is the third time in less than a year that he and nearly a dozen neighbors on the road have been frustrated by the senseless foul play.

"Some of my neighbors have had it a lot worse than me," said Taylor. "Their boxes were completely torn off the stands."

Using zip ties, Taylor has managed to keep his mailbox attached to the stand, but the damage to his box is extensive.

"It's gotten to the point where I don't want to buy a new one because I know it's going to get knocked down again," added Taylor.

Some of his neighbors have spent the money to replace their boxes, only to wake up later on and find them demolished again.

"Why would someone do that?" asked Taylor. "I guess it’s a big thing to do around here when you're a teenager."

Fellow resident Eddie Satchfield said he's fed up with the nonsense.

"I installed a security camera but it didn't catch anything this last time," he said. "I don't think it captures infrared footage. We're going to look into getting something else so we can figure out who's doing this.

"We're tired of it. It's getting expensive."

Sheriff Williams said his crew would do what it takes to stop the activity.

"One time is too many times when it comes to vandalizing people's property," said Williams. "We're going to find out who is responsible and prosecute to the fullest.

"It will be more than a slap on the wrist — it's not a game."

When caught, the suspect faces a minimum misdemeanor fine of $500 for malicious mischief.

"This is not a minor incident in our eyes and we're paying attention to these types of incidents," added Williams.

Those with information related to this crime are encouraged to call the Bolivar County Sheriff's Department at 662-843-5378.

Or information can be relayed to the Cleveland-Bolivar County CrimeStoppers hotline at 1-800-222-TIPS.