30 mailboxes vandalized in Lancaster Co.

Published: Jul. 16, 2013 at 8:37 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 15, 2013 at 8:37 PM EDT
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LANCASTER COUNTY, SC (WBTV) - Vandals are on a streak in Lancaster County.

Deputies say they have destroyed more than two dozen mailboxes in the last few weeks.

"Yeah, it seems a little stupid," said victim Le Welch.

Stupid is the best way Lancaster resident Le Welch can describe the latest crime in her neighborhood.

Her mailbox was destroyed by vandals.

"I was watching television and I heard a loud noise. I wasn't quite sure what it was, it was almost like a tree falling. I came outside and looked and it was my mailbox laying out in the yard," she said.

And she's not alone. Just down the street, her neighbor is a victim as well.

"He went to the mailbox to get the morning paper and noticed the mailbox had been vandalized," said Velta Morris.

Law enforcement officials say they've heard the same story 30 times in the last few weeks. one mailbox after another destroyed in the county and city of Lancaster.

The damage total right now sits at more than a $1,000.

"I'm disappointed because there's so much good to be done in this world and people spend their time destroying other people's property," said Morris.

Police tell me whoever committed this crime may face a stiffer punishment for the number of mailboxes hit.

"Certainly 30 would be enough where there is some type of enhancement, but it's usually 30 days in jail assuming it's a small mailbox," Major Matt Shaw with the Lancaster Sheriff's Office.

Now, residents like Welch and Morris want the vandals caught and taught a lesson.

"I hope they realize this is someone else's property and they need to be respectful of that," said Welch.

Detectives are following leads and say more than likely the culprits are teenagers.

Detectives are asking for your help. If you have any information in these cases you are asked to call Lancaster Police or the Sheriff's Office.

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