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GA teens caught after a mailbox-trashing spree

Three Georgia teens are paying dearly for an afternoon of unlawful misbehavior. The three teens, aged 14 to 16, spent a recent afternoon driving around Western Oconee County in Georgia pelting rocks at at least a dozen private-home mailboxes, reports Oconee Chief Deputy Lee Weems.

A deputy arrived in the area after receiving a complaint about sabotage to a mailbox. He soon learned that was not a singular case. At least a dozen mailboxes in the area were found to be damaged by rocks thown at them. Luckily, one of the homeowners was able to check his home security camera and provide information about the perpetrators. No charges were files against the three juveniles, but their parents were called to the scene. “The boys made a complete confession and made restitution to the property owners by putting up new mailboxes,” Weems said.

Damaging a mailbox is Federal crime. It seems that the boys’ educational punishment by local law enforcement is a much preferred alternative to the potential ones they could have gotten. A Postal Service manager stated that “The [potential] penalty is a fine up to $250,000 or imprisonment up to three years for each act, so it’s definitely serious.”

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