A Pratt couple who live on the west side of town (and prefer to remain anonymous) discovered the remnants and contents of their plastic, dual-entry mailbox scattered across their lawn and in the nearby street this past Tuesday morning. Sometime on Monday night, their mailbox was bombed by unknown perpetrators. It could have been a […]

A Pratt couple who live on the west side of town (and prefer to remain anonymous) discovered the remnants and contents of their plastic, dual-entry mailbox scattered across their lawn and in the nearby street this past Tuesday morning.
Sometime on Monday night, their mailbox was bombed by unknown perpetrators. It could have been a bundle of firecrackers or perhaps a small homemade bomb. The couple isn't sure.
'There was a hole in the top of the mailbox and on the sides. It blew the front door into the street and it blew open the rear door, scattering the contents of the incinerated mail on our lawn. It took out my Cabela's flyer, shredded it and burned it up, along with some other mail. It blew off the floor of the mailbox and deposited it in our yard. The red flag arm was shot at least 20 yards into the street,' said the mailbox owner.
After their discovery, the couple initially contacted an officer with the Pratt County Sheriff's Office. They were referred to the Pratt Police Department, since the crime was committed within their jurisdiction.
A police officer came out and took a report, as well as some photographs, but he also referred the couple to the local post office, since a federal crime had been committed.
The mailbox bombers may not realize that such vandalism is a federal offense. To excerpt a paragraph from the US Postal Inspection Service website, 'Mailboxes are considered federal property, and federal law (Title 18, United States Code, Section 1705), makes it a crime to vandalize them (or to injure, deface or destroy any mail deposited in them). Violators can be fined up to $250,000, or imprisoned for up to three years, for each act of vandalism.'
So, a call was made to the Pratt post office, which referred the couple back to the police department.
And that's where it stands. Anyone with information that might lead to the conviction of these, shall we say, mailbox terrorists, should call the Pratt Police Department at 620-672-5551.