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Checking your mail? Beware!

By Kirk Allen & John Kraft

On January 17, 2012

According to reports there has been two separate incidents in which an explosive device was placed in mail boxes in both Edgar and Clark Counties.

Two nights in a row there have been mail boxes blown up by what appears to be homemade bombs.  Sunday night just north of Kansas Township and then again Monday night south of Kansas Township just across the county line into Clark County.

Watchdogs discovered potential evidence left at the scene of the southern explosion in the form of shredded duct tape at the scene and reported it to authorities. 

Contact with the Edgar County Sheriff’s office confirmed they were not notified on the Clark County explosion, which is where the shredded duct tape was found at the base of the mail box post. 

North of town a new mail box has already been installed. 

Speaking with the rural carrier we confirmed that no one contacted the post office to let them know what was happening on their postal route. 

I don’t know about others but if I was the mailman I would appreciate knowing about a potential risk from explosive devices placed in the mail box, as did our rural carrier when we informed him of the events.

Destroying a mailbox, with or without mail in it, is a federal crime. Additionally, a perpetrator may also be charged under both state and federal laws concerning the illegal possession and use of explosive devices.

Is this a common occurence across the country????

As we gather more information we will keep you posted. 



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