Last updated: July 22. 2014 3:31PM - 226 Views
By Andrea Chaffin McKinney achaffin@civitasmedia.com

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The Humane Society of Madison County (HSMC) is offering a reward of $300 for information leading to arrest and conviction of those responsible for vandalizing the organization’s mailbox.

The humane society’s mailbox was set on fire Tuesday, July 8 or Wednesday, July 9, said Betty Peyton, shelter director. Staff members are currently viewing parking lot cameras, which also capture the road traffic, she said.

The HSMC is located outside West Jefferson on Plain City-Georgesville Road.

“Once we have narrowed down the specific date and time and possible make and model of the vehicle, we will be asking Battelle if they would review their security cameras since they have many cameras covering all their property,” Peyton said. “Part of Battelle’s property is right near our mailbox.”

Once arrested, the guilty individuals will be charged with a federal offense, since mailboxes are considered federal property.

“Mailbox vandalism increases during the summer months, and we need to encourage everyone to be aware of any misconduct that may occur in their neighborhoods,” said a spokesperson for the United States Postal Service. “Mailboxes are protected by federal law, and crimes against them and the mail they contain are considered a federal offense.

The Madison County Sheriff’s Office is investigating whether the act was part of a string of vandalism in the area, Peyton said

“Sadly, we have no clue what was in the mailbox. There could have been donations, bills, junk mail,” she said. “Now, we have to spend money to get a new mailbox and hope it will be left alone.”

Those who mailed anything to the HSMC at 2020 Plain City-Georgesville Road or 2020 state Route 142 N.E., West Jefferson, between the dates of July 4 and July 7 are encouraged to contact the shelter at (614) 879-8368.

Anyone with information should call the Madison County Sheriff’s office at (740) 852-1212.

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