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Mail boxes set afire in coastal communities

Posted December 13, 2010

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— Mail collection boxes in Havelock, Newport and Morehead City were set on fire Sunday, damaging the mail inside, the U.S. Postal Service said Monday.

The Postal Service was able to identify the recipient, the sender or both for most of the 1,200 or so pieces of mail affected. A few pieces of mail were destroyed, so no information was obtainable, officials said.

The identifiable mail was being repaired and placed back into the mail stream on Monday with a letter of explanation. Notices about the incidents were placed in the lobbies of the three post offices.

The mail boxes were in front of the post offices at 133 U.S. Highway 70 in Havelock, 337 Howard Blvd. in Newport and 3500 Bridges St. in Morehead City.

Any customers with questions about mail placed in any of the three boxes are asked to contact the recipient to see if it was delivered or to call their local postmaster.

Area law enforcement agencies are working with postal inspectors to investigate the arsons.

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  • 6079 SMITH W Dec 14, 2010

    The Trashcan Man did it. ;)

  • illegals--GO HOME Dec 14, 2010

    The guy (suspect) has already been identified as he did something similar and was caught in Jacksonville.

  • Rolling Along Dec 13, 2010

    Federal charges if they can ID the person(s) involved...

  • RB-1 Dec 13, 2010

    Surprised there's no cameras on those boxes.

    But yeah, it's probably bored kids.

  • QT3.14 Dec 13, 2010

    While I think it was probably just some stupid teenagers, Secret Service is known to remove the mail drop boxes along the President's route when he travels by car. Just sayin'.

  • Wacky_dood Dec 13, 2010

    What a bizarre act of vandalism. I've heard of people vandalizing individual mailboxes but never the postal collection boxes outside of post offices.

  • paginasecunda Dec 13, 2010

    "either that or a test."

    Too true. You never know when a terrorist will want to murder innocent pieces of snail mail.

  • whatelseisnew Dec 13, 2010

    "Insanity and stupidity."

    either that or a test.

  • amenmike Dec 13, 2010

    Insanity and stupidity.