Denison Police arrested two teenagers and are searching for a third after they allegedly damaged dozens of mailboxes throughout the city early Sunday morning.
Lt. Mike Eppler said officers were notified around 1 a.m. Sunday that several people in a white pickup had used baseball bats to damage mailboxes along multiple residential streets. Eppler said responding officers located the truck in the 1500 block of West Brock Street and initiated a traffic stop. Two teenagers were arrested on criminal mischief charges and a third juvenile fled on foot.
“I know there's at least 35 mailboxes that were damaged or destroyed in different parts of town,” Eppler said. “We're still in the process of making sure that we've gotten in contact with all the victims, but yes, there were dozens.”
Once the financial impact of the damage becomes clear, Eppler said the classification of the criminal mischief charges could be enhanced.
“It could be a felony,” Eppler said. “It just depends on the value of all the mailboxes and how much it costs to replace or repair them.”
Eppler said while some might consider damaging mailboxes to be an adolescent prank, the department doesn't see it that way at all.
“It's a criminal violation,” Eppler said. “You're destroying people's property. We take that very seriously.”
Residents who discovered damage to their mailboxes over the weekend are asked to call the Denison Police Department at 903-465-2422.