ST MARY’S – A rash of mangled roadside mailboxes across a broad swath of Guysborough County earlier this month has left local residents outraged, and the RCMP looking for answers.
A few complaints have been made to Guysborough County District RCMP, including one on Nov. 12 about damage to mailboxes overnight on Larry’s River Rd. in Lundy, media spokesperson Cpl. Lisa Croteau told The Journal.
There were also two reports of damage to mailboxes on Nov. 6 in Roachvale and Giant’s Lake.
“No charges have been laid at this time,” she said.
Croteau was responding to The Journal’s request for information after a Nov. 17 thread on the Facebook group “Off-roading on the 347” (referring to Highway 347 between New Glasgow and Aspen) showed pictures of one resident’s flattened mailboxes. The images sparked a firestorm of angry comments from sympathetic neighbours and others, who said they endured similar vandalism recently.
The Journal reached out via Facebook to the mailboxes’ owner and other posters, but no one responded to a request for further details.
The online conversation involving 13 individuals, however, suggested the incident may have been part of a backroad crime spree extending from Larry’s River in the Municipality of the District of Guysborough to Moose River Road in the Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s.
“I see these are ours… and I know we were going to get a new one, but to be forced into it ... it makes me sick,” the owner of the boxes shown on the Facebook page posted. “Can you imagine if they… the cowards… would use that energy to help a senior rather than cause such destruction. I hope they are proud of themselves GRRRR!”
Others agreed with comments including, “They were on a rampage,” “they did Moose River Rd. too,” “ridiculous behaviour,” “terrible,” and “What the hell is wrong with people?!?!”
The RCMP is urging anyone who has information to contact the Guysborough detachment at 902-533-3801.
“We would also ask that anyone who had damage done to their property to report it,” Croteau said.
Alec Bruce, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Guysborough Journal