I speak from experience, having your mailbox vandalized is awful.

I don't remember exactly how old I was, 12 or so maybe? That's when I had my first terrible mailbox experience.

Some punk put a bomb in our mailbox. Yes, a bomb.

I can't imagine this was a calculated attack. We lived in a newly built suburban subdivision which was full of very pleasant people. This had to be a random placement as we didn't have any enemies, let alone anyone who would want to bomb our mailbox.

I remember the authorities being called, the irrational fear of the house catching on fire (the mailbox is at least 50 feet from the house near the street) and the terrible idea of what if they came back and bombed something else.

I was also very concerned for my grandmother. She lived with us and was very upset by this random act of unkindness. She was shaken, I felt terrible for her.

See, she had this way about her. She could hear the mailman putting letters in the mailbox. Ears like a hawk? What's the saying. I dunno, ears like an animal that can hear really, really well. She would love to meet the mailman at the end of the driveway and chat for a moment to get the mail. One of her daily activities she looked forward to ended because someone blew up our mailbox.

I cried for her that day.

If you happen to live in the Oakcrest subdivision in Loves Park, maybe you dropped a tear or two when you saw your mailbox in pieces.

WTVO is reporting that more than 40 mailboxes were damaged around 2 a.m. on Wednesday.

The mailboxes were believed to be hit with a baseball bat from inside a moving car. If you know any information about this you should contact the Loves Park Police.


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