POLICE BEAT

Lamoine sees more than 40 mailbox smashing reports

Posted July 02, 2012, at 4:06 p.m.

LAMOINE, Maine — Someone, or several someones, has a problem with Lamoine mailboxes.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Department fielded more than 40 reports of mailboxes smashed overnight Saturday and Sunday on several roads in Lamoine and one road in Trenton. That’s on top of dozens of others over the past three weeks.

Attacks have been concentrated on Shore, Needle’s Eye and Partridge Cove roads in Lamoine and on Jordan River Road in Trenton. No residences seem to have been specifically targeted in what seem to be senseless acts of destruction.

Deputy Chris Sargent said Monday that this kind of vandalism is par for the course during Hancock County summers, but the number of incidents recently is different than in previous years.

“This happens pretty much any summer,” he said. “Whether it’s paintballs or mailboxes being smashed or some combination of the two. This year, though, it’s been consistent.”

Sargent said some calls are from residents who have seen their mailboxes destroyed more than once — some as many as three times in recent weeks. While the Sheriff’s Department is pursuing leads, it’s a difficult crime to track.

“It’s a very difficult thing to investigate,” Sargent said. “There’s not a lot of evidence, no smoking gun.”

Sargent asks residents to report any suspicious activity or vehicles they see in the area.

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