Vandals destroy more than 50 York Co. mailboxes, street signs

Published: Jul. 4, 2014 at 12:20 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 2, 2014 at 8:37 PM EDT
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YORK COUNTY, SC (WBTV) - Damaged mailboxes and downed street signs were a common sight, Thursday, in York County, leaving residents scratching their heads and wondering why someone would cause so much destruction.

"Our mailbox was in the woods and there were a couple of other mailboxes in the road," said victim Joel Hager.

Palmetto Marble and Granite owner Joel Hager's mailbox was one of more than 50 mailboxes and streets signs that were run down overnight by vandals.

"This is the second time this has happen to our mailbox in the past year, so it's frustrating on that aspect," said Hager.

Officials say the vandals stuck in the early Thursday morning hours, destroying mailboxes and street signs along Highway 577 and several side roads near the town of Clover.

WBTV caught up with Luster Bolin as he was cleaning up the remnants of his mailbox, scattered across his yard.

"If it had been an accident, things would be different, but knowing it was done on purpose, it makes me have to get out here in 90-100 degree weather and fix it," said Bolin.

Investigators are still trying to determine what kind of car was used during the crime and believe the vandals are teenagers.

Officials say whoever was behind the destruction is facing serious charges.

"The maximum penalty, which is a felony, is 10 years in prison and a fine of $1000. The maximum is probably what we're going to get the guys on," said York County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Trent Faris.

As for Hager, he's trying to move forward with some sense of humor and has this message for the culprits.

"Whoever did it, we'll be back open Monday at 7 if you want to stop and help us dig this whole," laughed Hager.

Investigators are hoping someone got a good look and description of the car the vandals used to help solve this case.

If you have any information in this case, you are asked to call the York County Crimestoppers.

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