Two Arrested Following Franklin Co. Mailbox Thefts
GREENFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Two arrests have been made after over two dozen mailboxes were damaged, stolen, and tossed onto a highway.
Greenfield Police say that 19-year-old Sean Michael Bittner and 18-year-old Joshua Michael Acus, both from Greenfield, have been charged with stealing and damaging 29 mailboxes, as well as smashing the window on an excavator between late Sunday and early Monday.
Monday morning, 29 mailboxes – which were stolen from homes near the Deerfield/Greenfield line – were found after they were tossed onto Interstate 91 from an overpass.
Police add that “off-duty Greenfield Officer Richard Brook, who using excellent investigation work, was able to find a small receipt from a local drive through establishment. That businesses surveillance camera captured a video feed of the suspected vehicle.”
Brook, while still off-duty, then reportedly noticed a vehicle matching the description of the one seen in the surveillance video.
“After a short investigation led by Greenfield Sergeants David Rice and Mark Williams the suspects were identified and later made admissions that they were involved,” police say in a statement.
Both men are facing three counts of larceny under $250, two counts of malicious destruction of property, one count of disorderly conduct, and one count of trespass with motor vehicle.
No injuries were reported in the incident.
Those mailboxes were recovered and were brought to the Greenfield Police Department.
Greenfield Police adds that additional charges may be sought by Deerfield Police, Mass. State Police, or the U.S. Postal Service.