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Nikiski mailboxes vandalized

Posted: June 29, 2011 - 8:00am

An investigation is under way to find the responsible parties that vandalized mailboxes in three Nikiski neighborhoods last week. U.S. Postal mailboxes in the Holt Lamplight, Island Lake and Halbouty Road neighborhoods were vandalized, with the most serious occurring in the Halbouty Road neighborhood. A cluster box with more than 10 mailboxes was uprooted and stolen altogether, said Alaska State Trooper investigating officer David Chaffin.

"The biggest concern here is the sensitive information going through the mail," Chaffin said. "All it takes is one theft for someone to lose a lot of personal information."

Halbouty resident Kay Shearer said she only had one day's worth of mail in her box.

"I don't know what the others have done, we haven't had a meeting yet. We're all still kind of in shock," Shearer said.

This is not the first time mailboxes have been vandalized in her neighborhood.

"The reason we got a cluster box was because kids were vandalizing mailboxes with baseball bats," she said. "That's why we got the cluster box - and it's supposed to be secure,"

Chaffin said most of the mail has been recovered from the other two neighborhoods, but with the cluster box from Halbouty being completely removed, he thinks it was someone more serious than a bunch of kids.

"We're still actively investigating, could be kids, might not be," he said. "Based on the manner they broke in, it was most likely someone pretty committed to stealing mail than someone just being opportunistic."

Since the cluster box is gone, Halbouty residents have to scramble to find alternative means of receiving their mail. Shearer said mail can only be held at the Nikiski Post Office for a short period of time.

"We have to decide if we want another cluster box, or mail boxes, or P.O. boxes, so that means changing our addresses and everything, it's a hassle," she said.

Shearer had advice for residents in other neighborhoods so this type of theft could be prevented.

"Be on the lookout for someone that's around their mailboxes late at night. Not many people are retrieving their mail late at night," she said. "Report them, the troopers say any lead is a good lead, they want you to call them."

Chaffin echoed Shearer's thoughts.

"We're asking the public to be extra vigilant. We as troopers can't be everywhere at once. If the public sees anything suspicious call us right away," Chaffin said. "We'd rather respond to something and have it be nothing than not get a call and have it turn into something significant."

If you have any information about the vandalism contact Alaska State Troopers in Soldotna at 262-4453.

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spwright 06/30/11 - 05:59 am
Neighborhood Watch

Thur 6/30/11

Sounds to me like "the North Roaders" need to cooperate w/each other & form a Neighborhood Watch system.
Install motion sensor Cameras & provide PROOF of Who is doing this Vandalism.

Or just keep on complaining & do nothing together & the problem will continue over & over again.

SPW in Slooooooowdotna

jlmh 07/01/11 - 12:23 am
If I am correct about which

If I am correct about which mailboxes these were, then they are not in a location that would benefit from a neighborhood watch. They are not within sight of any homes. They are only within sight of traffic, and I'm sure the culprits didn't vandalize anything while a vehicle was passing by. If they completely uprooted one set of clusterboxes and only damaged the others, I suspect they were looking for something specific in the uprooted boxes, and vandalized a few others as an afterthought to make the crime look random. Wonder what they were looking for...

sunsetlver 07/01/11 - 01:58 am
Mail Box vandalism

I am just wondering, is it not a Federal Crime to interfere with the Postal Service??? If I am correct and it is, why is the FBI not contacted? I would appreciate any input on this. I know that Nikiski is not considered an important part of the Peninsula as far as a lot of people in Soldotna and Kenai are concerned, possibly because they are unincorporated, however, they deserve the same protection and perks that the other towns of the Peninsula receive.

iwrestle54 07/02/11 - 01:31 pm
jlhm you are correct, the

jlhm you are correct, the mail boxes on halbouty are not within sight of anyone but passing cars. its at the road end of halbouty in the turn around spot before the gravel road begins. so spwright, who would you expect to be neighborhood watch when there are no houses around?! as a former resident of halbouty road, i believe those mailboxes are there for the thompson and taurieinan trail residents. and residents of those roads are FAR down a dirt road from these boxes. maybe if some of the parents around here would keep track of their kids once in a while, we wouldnt have a much vandalism and theft (not saying that its only kids causing trouble, but they are much of the problem).

spwright 07/02/11 - 07:21 pm
Motion Sensor Cameras

Yo 'North Roaders" Yep You can just keep on complaining & making excuses & the crimes will continue until someone in your neighborhood FINALLY Takes some Action.
Actions speak Louder than Words

Invest in & install some MOTION SENSOR CAMERAS that will provide physical evidence for the investigating Police Officer.
Helpful hint: The Camera needs to be close enough to get a clear photo of the Face.

You just might have to communicate & cooperate with your Neighbors to raise the $Funds$ to purchase the Cameras.

Or You can just continue to complain over & over again & again while the people that are doing these Crimes are just
Laughing at You & Your Entire Neighborhood.

SPW in Slooooooowdotna

spwright 07/05/11 - 07:18 am
Open Mouth insert Foot

Tue 7/5/11
Well I must admit that a similar situation just happened in my neighborhood & I could not react fast enough.

Early, early in the morning, my neighbors front deck was
Robbed by some GangBangers.
I was only 1/2 awake & all of my weapons were buried under
painting drop clothes as I was left standing there in my underwear & coffee in my hand instead of a weapon.
Jeeezee Talk about feeling Stupid !

That won't Happen again.


radiokenai 11/02/11 - 11:18 am
Special note....

If I am correct, Alaska law says that a person can use Non-Deadly force for someone breaking into or vandalizing property?. To all the immature punks out there who think it is cute to destroy, I hope you will be wearing lots of body armor! I have a Pump Shotgun specially loaded with rubber bullets to make you sing. Perhaps several red welts on your backside might be a more upfront reminder to GET A JOB!

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