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Mailboxes stolen, dropped on interstate

Sgt Mark Williams with some of the mail boxes that were stolen over the weekend.  Recorder/Paul Franz

Sgt Mark Williams with some of the mail boxes that were stolen over the weekend. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

GREENFIELD — A prolific mailbox vandalism spree sent at least 29 mailboxes from Greenfield and Deerfield homes onto the highway Monday morning.

The mailboxes were stolen in the neighboring area and thrown off the Wisdom Way overpass.

Greenfield Police Lt. William Gordon said the first report came through Massachusetts State Police.

“They got a report of kids throwing something off the bridge, thought to be rocks. When we got there we found mailboxes, some flattened,” Gordon said.

Police retrieved 29 mailboxes from the roadway and the verge. Most were still piled in the police garage Monday afternoon. Gordon said one owner had reclaimed a mailbox.

Deerfield police counted 23 reports of stolen mailboxes, and Gordon said the majority of those waiting in the Greenfield Police Department garage, 321 High St., were thought to be from Upper and Lower roads in Deerfield.

The report of kids on the overpass was logged at 3:55 in the morning. Gordon said police were following up on a report of a vehicle.

Both tampering with the mail and tampering with mailboxes are federal offences.

According to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, mailbox vandalism can be punished with a fine of up to $250,000, or up to three years in prison for each act of vandalism.

Gordon asked that anyone who has lost a mailbox report the crime to their local police department and pick up the box at the Greenfield station. The Greenfield police non-emergency number is 413-773-5411, ext. 2. The Deerfield Police Department nonemergency number is 413-665-2606.

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