Dalton among post offices targeted by vandals; customers advised to check mail

Matt Hamilton/Daily Citizen-News

This mail box outside the Dalton post office on South Thornton Avenue was vandalized recently. Vandals struck post offices in a number of cities in north Georgia and Tennessee.


The post offices in Dalton on South Thornton Avenue and in Rocky Face were among several vandalized throughout north Georgia and Tennessee recently. The vandals targeted the post boxes outside the facilities.

"We had a couple in Knoxville (Tennessee)," said Postal Inspector Wendy Boles. "We had some in Chattanooga as well as Nashville, Nolensville, Murfreesboro (in Tennessee). The time frame was the weekend of Sept. 28. We had some that could possibly have been through Oct. 1 or Oct. 2."

Boles said it isn't certain how many of those instances of vandalism are connected.

"Typically, they will run through a town and just keep going over a weekend, especially a long weekend," Boles said. "We still collect the mail over the weekend, so it isn't like the mail sits there for a long time."

Dalton Postmaster Kerri Patten said someone tried to pry open the outside post boxes. She isn't sure when the damage happened.

"We came in Monday (Sept. 30) and saw what had happened," Patten said.

Boles said people who put mail in those mailboxes should check to make sure it arrived.

"I'm not sure if anything was taken, but I would imagine there was some losses," Boles said. "We've got some leads that I can't discuss now. But in these sorts of crimes we really depend on the public to let us know about a check that was altered or cashed somewhere or a gift card that didn't arrive."

Those who have information on the crimes can call (877) 876-2455.

To find out more about how to protect yourself against postal theft or fraud, go to postalinspectors.uspis.gov.

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