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Vandals target cluster mailboxes in Cameron Park neighborhoods

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a rash of vandalism incidents involving cluster mailboxes in the Cameron Park area.

Deputies responded Tuesday to four different locations. The first call was received about 7:30 a.m., reporting that the rear doors had been pried off about 12 mailboxes in the area of Tourmaline Way and Spinel Circle, north of Green Valley Road, between Cameron Park Drive and Bass Lake Road. A nearby mailbox cluster had been broken into in the same way, at Tourmaline Way and Hastings Drive, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.

The third mailbox cluster with the rear mailbox doors pried open was located in the 2800 block of Aquamarine Circle. The mailbox cabinet was about the same size, containing about 12 mailboxes, officials said.

The fourth report was taken in the area of Buckhorn Lane and Starbuck Road. The Sheriff’s Office was notified at 8:46 a.m. that the rear panel had been pried or peeled off the cluster-mailbox cabinet.

Without knowing what was in the mailboxes at the time, sheriff’s officials said, it is difficult to determine what, if anything, was taken.

Anyone who may have seen a person or vehicle that looked suspicious in the vicinity of the mailboxes is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at (530) 621-5655, or send a message via the Sheriff’s Office website by selecting the Anonymous Crime Tip tab on the left side of the page. Residents who receive mail in a cluster mailbox near their home are asked to report any suspicious activity to law enforcement officials, day or night. Any descriptions or license plate numbers related to suspicious activity would be helpful, sheriff’s officials said.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.