Two Teens Arrested In Pleasant Hill Mail Box Explosion

Police say the teens had another explosive device in their truck.

Two teenagers were arrested Friday night after police said they blew up a mailbox near

Pleasant Hill police say they were notified about an explosion shortly before 10 p.m. Friday. Officers discovered a mail box that had been destroyed by an explosive device in the Christine Court neighborhood.

A witness gave police a description of a red Chevrolet S10 Blazer driving off after the explosion.

Police located the truck in the parking lot of College Park High. Officers said they found another explosive device inside the vehicle.

Five teens were questioned. Two teens were arrested in connection with the incident. A third teen was arrested on unrelated charges.

The two teens not arrested were released to the custody of their parents.

This story originated on Pleasant Hill Patch.

Bailey Lee December 09, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Just wondering...what if there was no mail in the mailbox, does it still count? If yes, then if mail delivery is through a slot in the front door as in many homes in cities, does that make the entire residence a mailbox and all burglars subject to federal prosecution?
Chris Nicholson December 09, 2012 at 08:47 PM
@Bailey: In general, inchoate crimes and attempted crimes can still be punishable crimes-- but specific intent / mental state is hard to prove. I think if cops observed mail being taken from house #1, and immediately afterward the same perp opened the empty mailbox of house #2, I would think that the perp could get convicted for attempt on house #2. Also, the law in this case specifically mentions attempt (I did not check, but the penalties would presumably be less for attempt-- either as defined in the code or as a practical matter as applied by judge): http://trac.syr.edu/laws/18/18USC01708.html In terms of "every house being a mailbox" if there is a mail slot in the door, I would think that reaching your arm through the mail slot would be enough for "attempt" and breaking in the back door and ACTUALLY taking mail from inside the front door would also do it for the full crime. Breaking in the back door and NOT taking mail would prob not be chargeable as a federal crime, even though part of the house is technically a mail receptacle--- unless the perp confesses that "what I was really after was the mail, and I was bummed to find none on the floor because I wanted to take it."
Bailey Lee December 09, 2012 at 10:22 PM
Thanks Chris; in this case where the intent was obviously the destruction of the mailbox for fun and games rather than interference with the mail, I'm thinking local law prevails.
Chris Nicholson December 09, 2012 at 10:44 PM
Nope. That's a Federal crime too. http://trac.syr.edu/laws/18/18USC01705.html
Joshua Halloway December 10, 2012 at 01:54 AM
We just bashed mailboxes with baseball bats when I was a teen.


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