Mailbox damage piles up
More than 30 mailboxes in the Austin area have been reported as damaged or destroyed by weekend vandals.
On Tuesday, authorities took a report of seven mailboxes being destroyed, likely by a person using some type of club, in front of Kiker Bros. at 24036 534th Ave., north of Austin.
Six metal mailboxes and one plastic box located in the same spot were destroyed, causing more than $200 in damage, Austin police Lt. John Mueller said. The damage was done some time between Friday and Monday.
On Monday, police announced the arrest of a 20-year-old Austin man on Sunday night for allegedly damaging about 25 mailboxes in and around Austin during the weekend, causing an estimated $1,500 in damage.
As of this morning, that man had not yet been charged in Mower District Court.
Police stopped the man's vehicle just before 10 p.m. Sunday after a resident in the 2400 block of 10th Avenue Southwest called law enforcement upon seeing people in a white sport-utility vehicle damage a mailbox.
Officers used a chemical spray to help in arresting the man after making a traffic stop.
In his vehicle, officers reported finding a baseball bat and other items that could be used to damage mailboxes.
Two other men — ages 18 and 20, of Austin — were interviewed and released.