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Vandals damage mailboxes in St. Charles

Published: Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013 5:31 a.m. CDT

ST. CHARLES – Nine residential mailboxes on four St. Charles streets were vandalized this week, according to St. Charles Police Department reports.

Police spokesman Paul McCurtain said the perpetrators could be charged with a felony if the damage exceeds $300.

“It’s not a very smart thing to do,” he said. “Some of these mailboxes are easily $300.”

Mailboxes were damaged in the 500 and 2000 blocks of Persimmon Drive, the 1100 block of Stonehedge Road, the 500 and 600 blocks of Steeplechase Road and the 1100, 1200 and 1400 blocks of Keim Trail, police reported.

The majority of the vandalism occurred during late Monday evening, McCurtain said. Damage reportedly was estimated at $100 and $200 for most of the mailboxes.

Two residents reported seeing vehicles near their mailboxes at the time of the damage. A resident in the 2000 block of Persimmon Drive reported seeing a black SUV, and a resident in the 1100 block of Keim Trail reported seeing two male juveniles in a silver sedan, which had a taillight out.

At least one of the reports indicated the damage appeared to be caused by a baseball bat.

“Homeowners should be aware of any suspicious vehicle cruising in their neighborhoods,” McCurtain said, advising them to get a vehicle description and license plate number. “If they see anything suspicious, call 911.”

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