ALERT: Tyler Police need help finding person(s) involved in blowing up mailboxes

Published on Saturday, 4 January 2014 22:09 - Written by From Staff Reports

The Tyler Police Department is seeking the public’s help with locating a pickup and its occupants that could be involved with destroying mailboxes with fireworks.

Tyler police and fire officials began receiving calls about 6:30 p.m. Saturday from two different locations and found resident’s mailboxes that had been destroyed.

“It is believed that a firework called an ‘artillery shell’ was ignited and then placed into the mailboxes,” according to the police. “Once the firework exploded, the mailboxes were severely damaged and the ground caught on fire.”

Tyler police and fire also responded to a third home where the grass was on fire, but the mailbox was not destroyed.

Witnesses told police that a black, green or dark colored extended cab pickup, possibly a Chevrolet, was seen leaving the area with three occupants. They also told police the pickup possibly had round tail lights and appeared to be between a 2004 and 2008 model.

Police believe the same vehicle was seen at all three locations, and more mailboxes may have been destroyed but not yet reported by the owners.

Officials urge residents that if their mailbox has been destroyed to contact a local law enforcement agency to report the crime.

Anyone with information about the people involved in these crimes are asked to contact the Tyler Police Department at 903-531-1000 or Crimestoppers at 903-597-CUFF (2833). Crimestoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest and charges filed against the people involved in this case.