Five male juveniles were arrested Aug. 13 in connection with a mailbox bashing spree that occurred on or about July 15.
The juveniles, two from Calico Rock, two from Dolph, and one from Mt. Olive, range in age from 13 to 17.
Sheriff Tate Lawrence said that 18 mailboxes in the Boswell and Gorby areas were initially reported as destroyed but that number has increased to 24 as the investigation continues. Lawrence said that at the time of the incident, information was developed that included the make of car and the Missouri license plate number on the car thought used in the crimes. The car's owner, Charles Richard Cook, could not be initially located due to his numerous recent addresses.
The car was located in Pineville the night of Aug. 12 and Cook was asked to come to the sheriff's office for an interview. From the interview, information was developed to include the names of the five juveniles who later admitted to the crimes.
All five were taken to the White River Juvenile Detention Center in Batesville and were charged with 18 counts of criminal mischief which are being revised to 24 counts.
Lawrence stated," We will be seeking restitution for the mailbox owners, will continue to aggressively investigate such behavior and will continue to use cameras at various locations to identify persons engaged in such destructive conduct."
Cook, 40, was arrested on an outstanding Washington County felony warrant relating to hot checks and failure to appear. Cook was transported the following day to Washington County.