A rash of mailbox vandalism in La Canada Flintridge has prompted U.S. postal inspection officials to step up investigation of the problem.
In the last six months, 40 incidents of mailbox vandalism have been reported to the U.S. Postal Service, according to La Canada Flintridge Postmaster Penny Stevenson.
"But that number is even higher," Stevenson said. "Many of these crimes go unreported."
U.S. Postal Service spokesman John Conte said, "The area has recently been plaqued with the destruction of mailboxes with clubs or baseball bats or similar instruments."
Postal Inspector Donald Obritsch termed this type of vandalism "mailbox baseball. Kids ride around in a pickup truck or convertibles and strike the mailboxes," he said.