Two young teenage boys were charged with vandalism and delinquent auto theft over $10,000 after they allegedly stole a van and ran over nearly 30 mailboxes early Thursday.
Maryville Police Chief Tony Crisp said his department received reports of a stolen van at 7 a.m. Then two boys about 13 and 14 rammed at least two dozen and closer to 30 mailboxes near Willow Creek Circle off Sevierville Road in Maryville, he said.
The driver also hit two parked cars during the rampage, Crisp said.
Willow Creek Circle resident Jeremy Whaley, an advertising representative for The Daily Times, said the the trouble started around 6:15 a.m. “That’s when I heard all the banging. I thought it was thunder,” he said.
Whaley said he received a visit from his neighbor whose mailbox also had been destroyed. Whaley said he drove around his neighborhood to survey the damage.
“It looked like someone was trying to do a slalom,” he said.
Tire tracks indicated the driver had tried to miss brick mailboxes and mailboxes near light poles. Whaley said his mailbox ended up about 30 yards away.
Whaley said he saw mailboxes also destroyed on Belmont and South Dogwood drives.
Whaley said police told him around 7:45 a.m. they had someone in custody. “My concern was that they were on foot,” he said, adding his boys were on spring break and he didn’t want to leave them at home with danger in the neighborhood.