October 4, 2007
Albany -- At least nine mail boxes on Devon Drive in Northwest Albany were smashed this morning by vandals. The people who live there say this is a recurring crime.
Mailboxes were knocked off their bases or smashed in front of homes in the 2200, 2300, and 2400 blocks of Devon Drive. Tire marks indicate vandals hit the mailboxes while driving down the street.
The victims say they were awakened by their newspaper delivery person or the Police around six Thursday morning.
"This is the fifth time this year, in the last few months, that we have been hit with our mailbox. Damaged, and we've been hit. We've just managed to fix it. But we've had to replace our box five times," said Carole Gum, whose mailbox was hit again.
Gum bought an extra heavy metal mailbox because it has been damaged so often. Vandalizing a mailbox can be a federal offense punishable by three years in prison and a fine.