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Man, juvenile admit to involvement in recent destruction of mailboxes

WILLMAR -- A 21-year-old man and a juvenile both from Willmar have admitted to the destruction of 30 mailboxes over the past two weeks in rural Willmar.

WILLMAR -- A 21-year-old man and a juvenile both from Willmar have admitted to the destruction of 30 mailboxes over the past two weeks in rural Willmar.

According to a press release Thursday, the man and three juveniles between the ages of 13 and 14 were suspected in the recent rash of vandalism. Three of the suspects were questioned Thursday by Kandiyohi County Deputies. The fourth suspect, a juvenile, was unable to be contacted by authorities.

The individuals are suspected with damaging mailboxes on the night of July 5 and the early morning hours of July 6 and the night of July 13 and early morning hours of July 14. Kandiyohi County Sheriff Dan Hartog said deputies have connected the suspects to 30 damaged mailboxes.

Hartog said two of the suspects -- the 21-year-old and a juvenile -- admitted to damaging all 30 boxes.

"They admitted to doing all the ones we have reports on," Hartog said about the suspects' confessions. The third juvenile suspect interviewed was not admitting to damaging as many, Hartog said.

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Kandiyohi County authorities were tipped off to the postal vandals by an individual that heard a mailbox being damaged.

"Somebody in that area had heard the mailbox being hit," Hartog said.

That person then chased after the suspected vandals and was able to get the license plate number of the vehicle they were driving. Although no arrests have been made yet, Hartog said information is being turned over to county attorney for review.

Hartog said other mailboxes may have been damaged by the vandals and not reported. Hartog encouraged anyone with information or a damaged mailbox to report it to Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Detective Eric Tollefson, who is handling the investigation at this point.

Formal charges are pending review by the Kandiyohi County Attorney's Office.

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