O'Fallon Progress

Unknown suspects go on joyride smashing mailboxes in Shiloh

Damaged mailbox with decorative wood in the 3200 block of Hunters Way. Shiloh Police continue to investigate a case of multiple reports of vandalized mailboxes and yard ornaments Monday. Police suspect it was the work of juveniles overnight Sunday.
Damaged mailbox with decorative wood in the 3200 block of Hunters Way. Shiloh Police continue to investigate a case of multiple reports of vandalized mailboxes and yard ornaments Monday. Police suspect it was the work of juveniles overnight Sunday. rkirsch@bnd.com

Several Shiloh Hunters Crossing homeowners awoke Monday morning to news of their mailboxes being the focus of someone’s rage or fun overnight Sunday.

“We have no leads whatsoever at this point,” Assistant Chief Gary McGill said Tuesday.

Shiloh Police are currently investigating multiple reports of vandalized mailboxes in Hunters Crossing subdivision, specifically the 3200 block of Hunters Way.

McGill said the first call came in from a resident reporting a vandalized mailbox at 7:35 a.m., and the following two cases reported were the result of officer observation while police canvassed “throughout the neighborhood.”

“It’s more than likely the work of young juveniles, but we don’t have any suspects at this time, in fact a detective hasn’t even (formally) been assigned yet because it all came in within the last few hours and we are still in the developing case stage,” McGill said.

The last phone call came in at 7:53 a.m. confirming two reported properties with damaged mailboxes at 3269 and 3264 Hunters Way, McGill said.

“The third property with a yard statue (smashed) chose against filing a police report,” McGill said Tuesday.

Police are unsure if the suspects vandalized the properties while on foot or in a vehicle.

According to McGill, it is completely unclear at this time how the crimes were committed, as well as who.

“We couldn’t assume either way if the suspect(s) was (were) on foot or in a car,” McGills said. “But statistically speaking, crimes like this, especially when the vandalism is done in a row on a street like it was, chances are it was a crime of opportunity by younger individuals. I don’t think the victims were targeted.”

Steve and Patricia Makris have lived on Hunters Way since the late 1990s, and live across the street from the Williams’.

Patricia was outside inspecting the area on Monday, and told a Progress reporter that she was apalled by the news.

“This is the first time I’ve ever heard of this happening in this neighborhood,” Patricia said. “We sometimes have trouble makers pass through, but nothing like this.”

Her husband heads up the neighborhood crime watch group for the subdivision, and has survelliance cameras around his property.

“Unfortunately, he didn’t find anything that could be used or helpful,” Patricia said.

Later on Monday, Steve told Progress reporter that he checked again more thoroughly, but still he didn’t find anything suspect on his footage.

“I checked my video surveillance footage and couldn’t find anything except cars passing through, nobody on foot or kids on bikes or anything like that,” Steve Makris said.

Just a couple houses away from the Makris’ on the opposite side of the street, Jerry Williams, who lives at 3269 Hunters Way, said he feels the situation is disheartening.

“I just can’t believe it, what good does this serve?” Williams said.

Williams said Shiloh Police took the report for his property Monday morning and took pictures of the damage.

“They’re basically destroyed,” Williams said of the mailboxes.

Although police have three reported cases of vandalism thus far, Williams’ described five properties he observed early Monday morning in his neighborhood, including his own — three mailboxes damaged and one property had a shattered yard ornament that once sat next to the neighbor’s mailbox.

“Across the street, my neighbor’s was mangled, and he managed to try and straighten it up so he could still receive mail, but it’s all lopsided,” Williams said. “(We) live in a nice neighborhood and work hard to keep it that way, and to wake up to something like this, it’s just terrible,” he said.

Robyn L. Kirsch: 618-239-2690, @BND_RobynKirsch

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