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Two boys charged in Morrison mailbox explosions

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017 10:47 a.m. CDT
This photo from Christina Wetzell's Facebook page shows the extent of the damage to her family's home after an explosive device was set off inside a mailbox Dec. 28.

MORRISON – Two 15-year-old boys are accused of blowing up four mailboxes in Morrison.

The boys, arrested after being interviewed at the Sheriff’s Department Jan. 30 and Jan. 31, were released to their parents. They are charged in juvenile court with five counts each of criminal damage to property, of well over $500, Whiteside County Sheriff’s Lt. John Booker said.

In Illinois, criminal damage to property valued at more than $500 is a felony that can carry 1 to 3 years in prison for adults. The penalties usually are less severe for juveniles.

The vandalism took place on Dec. 28, Jan. 7 and twice on Jan. 12. A Crime Stoppers tip lead to the arrest of the Morrison boys, Booker said.

Christina Wetzell and her family fell victim to the first incident, when an explosion in the mailbox attached to their house in the 600 block of West Lincolnway damaged the siding, a shutter, a railing and an awning outside their home and caused plaster to fall off the walls inside.

Morrison Police Department assisted in the investigation.

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