Mailbox vandals turned in by parents after video surfaces

GLENPOOL, Okla. - Five teenagers who allegedly vandalized several mailboxes in a Glenpool neighborhood could soon face some consequences.

Neighbors say their own parents turned them in to police.

Vandals struck the Longhorn Estates subdivision two weekends in a row and knocked over half a dozen mailboxes. A neighbor's surveillance video caught vandals in the act.

"Our main goal was to get the video out, and let the teenagers know that they're on camera. And hopefully stay out of here. Didn't really expect to catch them," said Norman Wyatt, president of the homeowners association.

He says the video caught by a camera outside a neighbor's house holds them accountable.

"I'm hoping they'll learn a pretty stout lesson. Because they're going to have to," Wyatt said.

By now most of the mailboxes have been replaced. Wyatt says they're difficult to repair. And now, thanks to their parents, the alleged vandals turned themselves in to police.

"Thank you, for being responsible parents and doing the right thing. That's wonderful," Wyatt said.

It's a federal offense to destroy a mailbox. The case has been turned over to the district attorney for possible charges.

Neighbors say the mailboxes cost about $300 each to replace.


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