Police investigate mailbox explosions in northwest Cedar Rapids

No injuries reported in pair of weekend incidents, but police warn 'prank' would stay on record

Nadia Crow
Published: February 27 2013 | 7:39 am - Updated: 28 March 2014 | 12:01 pm in
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Police want people in one Cedar Rapids neighborhood to watch out for a group of kids that may be responsible for blowing up mailboxes.

Just this weekend, two people say their mailboxes were targeted. The incidents were reported in the 400 block of Stoney Point Road NW and in the 500 block of Bezdek Road NW. Police don't think the addresses or homeowners are connected. Neighbors are still picking up the pieces of the mailboxes.

But residents say the incidents have been happening for the past month. The two mailboxes targeted Saturday night sat at homes currently on the market. Usually, police say, it's a group of teenagers who think it's a funny prank, but the matter could become much more serious.

"It'll still be a misdemeanor, but they have to remember that will be on their record for the rest of their lives ... would prevent them from going to the military ... long term effects or ramifications as well, said Cedar Rapids Police Sgt. Cristy Hamblin.

Neighbors say they don't want to draw attention to their neighborhood, but they want everyone to be on the lookout for someone or a group of people who seem to be lurking around at night or simply out of place.

Those responsible face criminal mischief and explosive charges, but if someone is injured in the explosions, the charges will become more severe.

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