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February 29, 2008

The frustrations of mailbox ownership

If you live in a rural or semi-rural area, you probably know about -- or have personally felt the effects of -- "mailbox baseball," that nighttime vandalism of stand-alone mailboxes with bats and other battering weapons. It's difficult to prevent: Years ago, I wrote a story about a Clarksville man who had encased his in concrete, so tired was he of continually replacing it. (No, it didn't work.)

Now comes the Fisher family of Hatley, Wis., as reported by the Associated Press:

Fed up that their mailbox was smashed four times in two weeks, Greg Fisher and his son set up a middle-of-the-night stakeout to catch the vandals -- and it worked. Four teens were caught after a high speed chase.

Lt. Randy Albert of the local sheriff's department in Wisconsin does not recommend trying this at home.

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About Jamie Smith Hopkins
Jamie Smith Hopkins, a Baltimore Sun reporter since 1999, writes about the regional economy. Her reporting on the housing market has won national and local awards. Hopkins is a Columbia native and has lived in Maryland all her life, save for 10 months spent covering schools in Ames, Iowa.
She trained to become a wonk by spending large chunks of time as a geek and an insufferable know-it-all.
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