Vancouver mailboxes vandalized, firecracker set off
VANCOUVER, Wash. —
Neighbors in Clark County are on high alert after a number of mailboxes have been vandalized and mail has been stolen.
Sandra Liston heard an explosion that sounded like a gunshot hitting her neighbor's mailbox. It turned out to be a firecracker.
“The next morning, I saw where the mailbox had been demolished,” Liston said.
Her neighbor, Donald Bryant, took photos, saying he was shocked to see just how bad the damage was.
“I was very shocked, and then one of the neighbors saw one of the doors was blown off all the way across the street,” Bryant said.
You could see burn marks inside the mailbox, alongside what Bryant said looked like blown bits of a firecracker.
The mailbox was in a neighborhood cluster for mail carriers to put packages in for safe keeping but now with no box. Packages are left on doorsteps.
“You know as well as I do that, packages get stolen off the front porch,” Bryant said.
With the holiday season upon us, Bryant says his biggest frustration is with how USPS is treating him.
“Things immediately took a turn south and she put her finger over the counter and said, 'If you and your neighbors were more diligent, that probably wouldn't have happened,'" Bryant recalled.
Bryant was told it could take as long as 8 weeks before the mailbox is replaced, and until then, he said he feels like his mail is at risk.
“I'd like them to come out and replace our box before 6 or 8 weeks. I'm sure they have one laying around somewhere,” Bryant said.
Now neighbors say while they wait for a new box they worry about vandals coming back.
“I feel safe and yet, now wondering what they might do next,” Liston said.
USPS says they are working to replace and repair receptacles that were damaged and that their own law enforcement agency is investigating these cases.
If you see anything suspicious around a mailbox you are asked to call local police or U.S. Postal Inspection Service at 1-877-876-2455.