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Four suspects are in custody in connection with a Hastings mailbox theft that occurred early Sunday morning.

According to St Johns County Sheriff’s Public Information Officer, Catherine Payne, a woman reported seeing a large truck damaging her mailbox Sunday and then taking it. Following an investigation, deputies arrested Zachary Bush, 21, William Neigger, Jr., 23, Philip Red Elk, 22 and John Tuthill, Jr. 21, all from Hastings were in the area of the reported theft, driving a teal GMC pick-up truck and ended up stuck in a ditch.

According to the incident report, deputies responding to the pick-up truck spotted the mailbox in question in the bed of the pick-up the four were riding in. Deputies also noticed additional mailboxes and a stop sign in the bed of the truck.

All four are being charged with one count each of felony theft of a stop sign, three counts each of misdemeanor criminal mischief, one count each of felony criminal mischief and five counts each petit theft. Bush is also being charged with cannabis possession and resisting arrest.

Deputies were able to return the woman’s damaged mailbox and asked the owner to notify the U.S. Postal Service.

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