Police investigating after mailboxes, signs vandalized in county

Bartholomew County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a rash of mailbox and street sign vandalism that occurred over the weekend.

The damage occurred mainly in the southwest part of the county between late Saturday night and early Sunday morning, deputies said.

Many of the signs and mailboxes were run over by a vehicle, investigators said. Numerous mailboxes on Sprague Road, Deaver Road and County 300S were damaged in addition to mailboxes on West County Road 450S and South County Road 225W, deputies said.

A stop sign was damaged and another one is missing, with the pole on the ground in the area of County Road 225W, deputies said. An adopt-a-road sign was also damaged in that area, deputies said.

Mailboxes are federal property and it is a crime to vandalize them, the sheriff’s department said. Upon conviction, an individual could be imprisoned of up to three years for each act of vandalism to a mailbox and a possible $250,000 fine, the department said.

Anyone with information about the recent vandalism spree is asked to call the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department at 812-379-1650 or the tip line at 812-379-1712, which accepts information anonymously. Tips may be emailed to sheriff@bartholomew.in.gov.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at jmcclure@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5631.