Sheriff warns of federal charges of damaging mailbox

Bartholomew County Sheriff Matt Myers is warning that it is not just a prank to vandalize a mailbox. It is a federal crime.

According to the sheriff, mailboxes are federal property and it is a crime to vandalize them or to deface or destroy any mail deposited in them. Those vandalizing a mailbox could face a $250,000 fine or imprisonment for up to three years.

The sheriff says you can help protect your neighborhood by reporting any vandalism or suspicious activity. You can call 812-379-1650 or the sheriff’s tip line at 812-379-1712. Tips can be left anonymously.