Four charged with vandalizing mail boxes

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By Tom Wilmoth

    Four men have been arrested in connection with a spree of vandalism of mailboxes in the Trents Ferry Road area of Bedford County.
    On Saturday, utilizing information from tips generated by media reports, deputies with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office arrested Daniel Kosowski, 19, of  Lynchburg; Joseph Spriggs, 20, of Lynchburg; Joseph Hallstrom, 20,  of Lynchburg; and Jack Robertson, 20, of Lynchburg. All four men were charged with vandalism to 11 mailboxes that occurred on Thursday night March 13.
     All four, after they were arrested, were released on a summons. They are scheduled to appear in Bedford County General District Court on April 24 for an attorney advisement hearing.
    The Bedford County Sheriff’s office began investigating a number of mailbox vandalisms in that area last month. The area had vandalism problems at least twice in March.

    The vandalism incident that led to the arrests occurred between Thursday night, March 13 and early Friday morning March 14. Surveillance video was obtained by a resident who had a game video camera set up, showing four white males exiting a SUV, possibly a Toyota, and damaging the mailboxes. The camera works on a motion sensor and a resident had set it up following some earlier vandalism problems.
    That video led to numerous tips sent through Crime Stoppers which were followed up by investigators, according to Major Ricky Gardner of the Sheriff’s Office.
    According to Gardner, the suspects were allegedly getting out of the vehicle and damaging the mailboxes. During the March 13-14 incident, 11 mailboxes were damaged.
    “We just followed up on the leads,” Gardner said of identifying the four suspects who were charged.
    The charges are all misdemeanors and they were released on a summons.
    Gardner said the victims were upset by the numerous instances of vandalism. “They’re getting pretty tired of it over there,” he said.