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Vernon County authorities seek information on mailbox vandalism
damaged mailbox
A mailbox shows heavy damage after being struck with what Vernon County authorities believe was a baseball bat during the evening hours of Feb. 25 or the early morning hours of Feb. 26. - photo by Contributed/Vernon County Sheriff's Office

Vernon County Crime Stoppers and the Vernon County Sheriff's Office are seeking information from the public regarding vandalized mailboxes in rural areas of Stoddard, Genoa and De Soto.

According to a press release from the Sheriff's Office, mailboxes were smashed during the evening hours of Feb. 25 or the early morning hours of Feb. 26 along the following roads: State Hwy. 162; Hickory Ridge, Wing Hollow, Worman, Malin, and South Bad Axe Roads; and Ghelf  and Eckert Lanes.

Most of the damage was done on Hickory Ridge Rd., east of Genoa.

Authorities believe the perpetrator or perpetrators could have used a baseball bat to damage the mailboxes.

In addition, tires on a vehicle on Elm Drive in Stoddard were slashed.

People with information on the crimes are asked to call 608-637-8477 or 1-800-657-6868, text to 274637 (CRIMES; type VERN + tip) or visit either or to help. Tipsters may be eligible for cash rewards of up to $1,000 through Vernon County Crime Stoppers and will remain anonymous.