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Teens charged with vandalizing area mailboxes

Wednesday, September 25, 2002

Two men were charged with first-degree criminal mischief Sept. 18 after allegedly going on a mailbox vandalizing spree in Fulton County.

Arthur J. McBroom, 18, and Darren Lee Norman, who will turn 18 Sept. 26, have both been charged as adults for destroying between 30 and 40 mailboxes, said Salem Police Chief Albert Roork.

Roork said mailboxes had been vandalized for almost a week around Highway 9 north, Highway 395 north, Fairview Road, Young Road, Highway 62 east and Highway 9 south.

Damage occurred to additional mailboxes on Highway 9 north of Fryatt, Roork said.

The chief said a witness reported a vehicle in the Fryatt area similar to the description of Norman's truck.

Fulton Deputy Paul Martin and Roork discovered a vehicle Sept. 13 matching the description of the truck owned by Norman in the parking lot at Salem High School.

Roork said the truck was dusty and contained handprints on the back glass. Clay, dirt and gravel were found in the back of the truck which indicated large rocks had been in the back of the vehicle, Roork said. He said the suspects probably used large rocks to destroy the mailboxes.

Through further investigation authorities discovered the pickup truck the suspects had been reportedly spotted in had gotten stuck on Young Road and another person pulled them out with the use of a tractor.

"Ultimately we made the case on the two individuals and bench warrants were issued," Roork said.

Roork said McBroom confessed to bashing mailboxes but Norman did not. The suspects each paid a bond of $2,500.

Roork said anyone who had a mailbox destroyed last week needs to report it if they haven't done so already.

The two men could have been charged with a federal offense, "but we decided to handle it locally and not involve the feds," said Roork.



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