Vandals slash 50 tires on postal trucks

By Taylor Barnhill  - bio | email

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  If you noticed your mail came a little later than usual, it's because your postal worker may have been putting their car back together after vandals slashed their tires. But it wasn't just one vehicle, police say multiple cars were affected.

Columbus Postmaster Barbara King said, "We noticed it when the sun came up, about 7 o'clock this morning. It's going to take about four hours to get everything done."

Instead of loading their vans with mail, postal workers are changing tires. That's because vandals slashed the tires to 25 vehicles over the weekend.

"We had approximately 25 vehicles damaged this morning, approximately 50 tires were slashed here at the carrier annex," King told News Leader Nine.

King added the damage caused to these mail trucks is really costing the postal service, in more ways than one, "We lost about $4,000 in damages this morning and it also may impact the normal times our customers will receive their mail."

Because the mail trucks are government property, the vandals are facing federal charges for slashing the tires.

"It's a terrible thing to happen. It has happened at the carrier annex before and we've turned the information over to the police so we're hoping that they can find out who did this terrible thing this morning," said King.

The United States Postal Service did have security cameras posted here in the parking lot and they are working with the Columbus Police Department to figure out who the suspects are. If you have any information on this crime, please call Columbus police at (706)653-3300.

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