SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - Breaking into a mailbox at a home or business or breaking into an official United States Postal Service "letter box" is no joke or mere act of vandalism. It is a federal crime. Nonetheless, two postal boxes were pried open yesterday morning in the township.
On Sunday, December 1, 2019, at 6:39 am Officer Kent English responded to the Dayton Post Office (347 Georges Road) for a possible theft in progress. Officers then searched the area for any suspects and located the front Post Office mailbox had been pried open and several letters were still inside, says a report issued by the South Brunswick Police Department yesterday.
Officer English canvassed the area and a witness advised him that two individuals were observed walking around the Post Office attempting to make entry. They were later seen leaving the area northbound on Georges Road in an older model white car.
At 9:58 am Officer Aaron Parks responded to the Monmouth Junction Post Office (651 Ridge Road) for additional damaged mailbox. A check of the Post Office uncovered that the front mailbox was also pried open and empty. Officer Parks canvassed the area and spoke with a witness who observed a white sedan in the area at 4:00 am.
According to federal law, "Whoever willfully or maliciously injures, tears down or destroys any letter box or other receptacle intended or used for the receipt or delivery of mail on any mail route, or breaks open the same or willfully or maliciously injures, defaces or destroys any mail deposited therein, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both."
If you have any information pertaining to these incidents please contact the South Brunswick Police Department at 732-329-4646 or the US Postal Inspection Service at 888-877-7544.