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Two Arrested Following Franklin Co. Mailbox Thefts

(Sean Bittner [L], Joshua Acus [R])

(Sean Bittner [L], Joshua Acus [R])

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.

(Photo Courtesy: Greenfield Police)

(Photo Courtesy: Greenfield Police)

(Photo Courtesy: Greenfield Police)

(Photo Courtesy: Greenfield Police)

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  • TrooperZeke

    “found a key piece of evidence”.

    He found an address on a mailbox?????

  • Publicdole

    Dig baby big. Replace every on at their expense and chain them to the closed telephone pole until they are done.

  • TBonePickens

    What happened to felony charges for US mail destruction ? Especially when it’s 29. What tools

  • John Winston

    Under $250??? That’s like $8 per box. These ‘nice kids’ must know someone in law enforcement. Destroying federal property? Outrageous.

  • Agokne
  • beca

    If the postal service presses charges, it will be federal charges against them. Haha dumb assess. Up to t years in federal prison

  • Kody61

    Idle minds do the devils work. Hope the parents don’t “bail out” their court obligations. Time to grow up boys.