4 juveniles suspected of damaging maliboxes in rural Portage, Pardeeville areas

Four juveniles are suspected of causing damage to multiple mailboxes in the rural Portage and Pardeeville areas, officials said.

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office said it has received numerous reports of mailbox vandalism, mostly around the rural Portage and Pardeeville areas, over the last week. The sheriff’s office said it’s increased patrols in those areas.

On Sunday April around 8 p.m., a citizen told the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office dispatch center about a suspicious vehicle whose occupants were damaging mailboxes in the Bornick Road in Fort Winnebago township area.

Deputies stopped a vehicle in Marcellon township that matched the description of the suspect vehicle. The sheriff’s office said deputies found four juveniles from the Portage area who are suspected of vandalism Sunday evening and on previous nights. The juveniles were referred to Columbia County Human Services on suspicion of criminal damage to property and they were released to their parents.

Anyone who lives in the rural areas where mailboxes were damaged should check their mailbox and report any damage to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office at 608-742-4166.

The sheriff’s office said anyone who intends to report damage is also asked to determine the cost of damages for possible restitution.