LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office is searching for the suspect or suspects responsible for damaging mailboxes in the eastern portion of the parish.
BPSO first received reports Wednesday evening that a string of mailboxes had been destroyed with some sort of blunt object in the Scallion Road area.
"We've had approximately 14 mailboxes damaged along this road," said Deputy Derek Smith of the Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office.
Smith said this type of vandalism is quite common during this time of year.
"Usually it seems to happen when kids are out of school," said Smith.
However, there are penalties when vandalizing other property and destroying mailboxes is one of them.
"This falls under the statute of criminal damage of property," said Smith. "And you face up to a $1000.00 fine or 6 months in jail."
The statute considers each mailbox a separate act, which compounds the penalty.
"We're not playing with this type of behavior," said Smith. "We take it seriously."
Janet Alston of Deridder is one resident who had her mailbox smashed in.
"It gets aggravating," said Alston. "It's beyond fixable now."
Alston hopes the suspect or suspects are caught soon; and that this time will be the last time she has to replace her mailbox.
"You never know if it's going to get hit again," said Alston. "I'll have to camp out I guess to catch somebody."
BPSO is offering up $1000.00 to anyone with information on the mailbox smashing.
If you have any information on the mailbox vandalism, call Beauregard Crimestoppers at 462-8918.