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Five charged in mailbox vandalisms

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Spree damaged 24 mailboxes

Five people were charged this week after another spree of mailbox vandalisms was discovered last weekend. 

Two adults and three juveniles under 17 years old were charged Monday, Nov. 25, with multiple counts of malicious injury to property, $2,000 or less, in connection with a string of mailbox vandalisms that happened between Nov. 23 and 24, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release.

The adults include Trevor Smitherman, 17, 2524 Aldridge Lane, and Logan Gordon, 17, 1087 Potter Road, the release said.

Deputies filed petitions with the S.C. Department of Juvenile Justice for the three juveniles, the release said.

All were charged with damaging 24 mailboxes in several areas, including the Arrowood subdivision and along Shiloh Unity Road, Kendlewood Road, Frank Hallman Road, Michael Drive, Neil Road and Hall Lane.

The sheriff’s office first learned of the vandalisms after receiving a 911 call at 7:11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, from a 58-year-old woman who reported damage to her mailbox in the 500 block of West Shiloh Unity Road, according to a sheriff’s office incident report.

She told deputies the damage to her $475 cast iron mailbox was damaged sometime between 7 p.m. Nov. 22 and 6:30 a.m. Nov. 23.

A investigated deputy concluded the mailbox had been struck with a blunt object.

During the next two hours, deputies received several more 911 calls about damage to mailboxes in the following areas:

  • Arrowood Avenue – Six in 300 block and one in the 400 block 
  • Hall Lane – Three in the 1200 block of Hall Lane 
  • Havenwood Drive – One in 2000 block
  • Kendlewood Road – One in 2600 block
  • Neil Road – One in the 2600 block, two in the 2700 block and one in the 2900 block 
  • Michael Drive – Three in 2300 block
  • Strafford Drive – Two in 1900 block and one in 2000 block Total combined estimated damage is listed at $1,685, per multiple police incident reports.

“We are very pleased to get these cases resolved so quickly.  An alert citizen provided us with a vehicle description and we were able to stop the suspect vehicle which led to the arrests,” said Sheriff Barry Faile. “I am grateful that we had someone out there paying attention to their surroundings and reporting suspicious behavior.” 

Third vandalism spree this year

This is the third such mailbox vandalism spree this year, including one that involved 30 damaged mailboxes between June 25 and 26, and another that saw at least 20 mailboxes destroyed between Nov. 6 and 9. It is unknown if the three cases are related.

A group of 10 people, including six adults and four juveniles, were each charged Nov. 13 with multiple counts of malicious injury to property, $2,000 or less, in connection with the early November vandalisms.

In all three incidents, mailboxes were destroyed along Strafford Drive and in Arrowood.