WELD COUNTY – The Weld County Sheriff's Office says four mailboxes have been destroyed by what's being described as
"firebombs." Authorities believe these cases are connected to the similar incidents reported over the weekend in Larimer County.
The 'firebombs' are described as fireworks wrapped in duct tape. No one was injured in the Weld and Larimer county incidents.
The Weld County mailboxes were destroyed on Saturday and Sunday, according to the sheriff's office. The incidents occurred between WCR 17 and WCR 19, as well as between WCR 76 and WCR 90.
George is a homeowner there, who asked that we not further identify him for his safety.
"We heard a huge explosion," he said. "There was a lot of thunder that night, so we weren't sure exactly what it was, but it didn't sound like thunder necessarily."
"My daughter was really upset. She didn't know what was going on," George added. "She had a hard time sleeping that night."
A possible suspect vehicle – described as a red SUV, maybe a Jeep Liberty – was seen leaving the area.
Three mailboxes were destroyed during the same time period in Larimer County. The incidents happened in the 8500 block of South Larimer County Road 13, 5600 block of Squires Place and 900 block of North Larimer County Road 5.
A spokesman with the U.S. Postal Service in Colorado told 9NEWS they usually see an uptick in mailbox vandalism during this time of year, when school is out and kids have time on their hands.
Still, it is a federal felony offense that could mean three years in jail and a quarter million dollar fine. The Postal Service would not say whether these incidents would mean changes for mail carriers in Larimer or Weld Counties.
Anyone with information about the "firebombs" is asked to call the Weld County Sheriff's Office at 970-356-4015 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
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