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RAPIDES PARISH, La. - Mailbox vandalism. It's a common prank kids pull, but the victims are not amused. And neither are the cops.

Nine reported incidents from the Poland community in south Rapides, in the last three weeks alone.

When Cherrie Bearden went to get the mail on Saturday, she found a big problem instead.

Cherrie Bearden, Poland community resident: "Mailboxes knocked down. Vandalism again on the personal property."

Bearden discovered the mailbox at her late grandparents' empty home was not only in the ditch, but it was also twisted and ripped up at the bottom--so badly that it will have to be replaced.

Bearden: "It's a shame."

Rapides Parish detectives say, they've received nine reports of this kind of mailbox vandalism in the Poland community, just in the last three weeks.

Major Mark Wood, RPSO: "It's kind of a juvenile type crime. Maybe a baseball type deal. Bat."

Major Mark Wood says even though mail is a federal system, mailbox vandalism is not a federal crime. But that doesn't mean it comes without consequences.

Major Mark Wood: "They're going to have to pay for what they damaged, which they rightfully should. And also there are charges will be brought upon them."

Cherrie Bearden says she's dealt with vandalism at her grandparents' house before, broken locks and spray paint. And she says she has some choice words for the vandals.

Bearden: "If they were standing in front of me? That's not even mentionable on TV. This is my grandparents' place that this happened, and it's a shame. It really is. Because this is not the way I want to remember my grandparents."

Major Mark Wood: "We are on it. Somebody will talk, and we're going to find out who did it."

Bearden says, word does get around in a small community like this one. But she wouldn't mind taking matters into her own hands.

Bearden: "They'll be found. Even if security cameras have to do up. They will be caught. And I have seriously thought about it."

RPSO is asking for anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers.

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