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Merrimack Valley

July 1, 2014

Mailboxes damaged in North Andover

NORTH ANDOVER — Someone – or a group of people – could not resist the urge to commit a series of violent acts during the weekend.

At least a dozen mailboxes were vandalized. One was spray-painted; others were knocked off their posts, according to the police log.

The first report of a damaged mailbox came at 11:47 a.m. Saturday from 90 Abbott St. Graffiti was reported on a Nutmeg Lane mailbox at 8:33 a.m. Sunday.

A resident of Nutmeg Lane reported at 6:39 a.m. Monday that a number of mailboxes on that street were spray-painted or knocked over. Two Rea Street residents told police a few minutes later that their mailboxes had been knocked down.

Several mailboxes for townhouses at 100 Rea St. was also damaged, according to the police log.

Lt. Charles Gray, spokesman for the North Andover Police Department, suggested the malicious damage spree could have something to do with school being out for summer – and youths making poor choices about what to do with their increased energy levels.

Gray said police have increased patrols in the areas that were affected by the weekend's onslaught of vandalism. He also urged residents to call police at 978-683-3168 if they notice any suspicious activity in their neighborhoods or hear loud crashing noises.

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