The span of incidents, which Police Chief Clay Patterson said are all connected, began over the summer. The first reported incident on June 14 resulted in vandalism of the lobby as well as the drop box into the main portion of the building, according to a press release. Since that date, multiple incidents have been reported, including delivery vehicles being tampered with and lettering removed from the side of the building.
The most recent incidents, with the first being reported to the department on Dec. 26, included unknown person(s) entering into the lobby and “egging” the post office boxes, setting off explosives in the lobby floor, and dropping eggs and lit explosives down the drop box. Just three days later, on Dec. 30, it was reported that someone had re-entered the lobby, breaking out a window to the front door and causing vandalism in the lobby with “glue-like” air fresheners that had been placed in the lobby by post office staff.
Following an investigation by the department, Patterson said three arrests were made Wednesday, adding that he hopes the arrests will deter similar incidents.
The arrests of the three juveniles also solved a criminal damage to property report the department was investigating at a local residence.
Each of the offenders was charged with two counts of criminal trespass, one count of criminal damage to property in the second degree, one count of arson in the third degree, two counts of burglary and two counts of interference with government property. The offenders were transported to the Rome Youth Detention Center.
Patterson said that, because the suspects are juveniles, no names or further information will be released.