Mailbox vandalism reported

SPREAD EAGLE, Wis. – A vandalism spree that left 44 mailboxes damaged in Spread Eagle, Wis., is being investigated by the Florence County Sheriff’s Office.

On the evening of March 28, deputies responded to a call from a Spread Eagle resident who reported hearing a loud noise outside of their home.

Florence County Sheriff Jeff Rickaby said today officers searched the area and discovered mailboxes that had been smashed with a baseball bat or similar object and some that had been torn from their posts and discarded in the woods.

More damage was reported the following morning, and the Sheriff’s Office has arrived at a total of 44 mailboxes involved in the incident.

The spree covered an area including Lake Elwood Road, Frog Lake Road, Old 69 Road, and Finn Town Road among others.

The Florence High School principal and several teachers from the school district were targeted, Rickaby said.

The sheriff added that video evidence has been collected, potential witnesses have been interviewed, and a suspect is being closed in on.

Mailboxes are considered federal property, and federal law makes it a crime to vandalize them. Violators can be fined up to $250,000 or imprisoned for up to three years for each act of vandalism.

The Sheriff’s Office is considering involving the United States Postal Inspection Service in the investigation due to the large amount of damage, Rickaby said.

Anyone who may have information on the incident can contact the Florence County Sheriff’s Office at 1(800) 235-9897.

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