Sheriff's Office seeks suspects in mailbox bashing

The Aiken County Sheriff's Office is investigating several cases of mailbox bashing that happened in North Augusta last week.

Nine incidents of vandalism have been reported to the Sheriff's Office, according to Capt. Troy Elwell. No arrests have been made.

At least six incidents were reported on Seminole Drive. An officer on patrol found several mailboxes along the street that had been knocked off their posts. Two homeowners reported finding their mailboxes damaged, too, according to reports.

One homeowner reported seeing four men walking on the street and one riding a bicycle, according to the report. The men were reportedly "destroying mailboxes."

A homeowner on Thompson Avenue told officers he was standing in his front yard when he saw a vehicle driving down Thompson Avenue occupied by two men, according to the report. He saw a passenger lean out of the window and knock down his mailbox.

The vehicle fled the scene, and the homeowner could hear a man in the vehicle laughing, according to the report.

Another officer on patrol on Cherokee Drive found a mailbox that had been knocked off its post there, according to a report.

Elwell said the same group of four to six men is responsible for all the incidents. He said it appears the group was using a stick or a bat to damage the mailboxes.

Anyone with any information related to these incidents is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 803-642-1761.