Bamberg mailroom shut after vandalism
Police are investigating the vandalism of the community mailroom on Warner Barracks in Bamberg, Germany, where someone broke open dozens of mailboxes and overturned waste receptacles.
The damage was discovered at 8 a.m. Thursday when employees reported for work.
The post office was promptly closed and criminal investigators and military police arrived to secure the building and look for evidence.
About 50 to 70 mailboxes were damaged, according to Brett Brandon, special agent in charge at the Bamberg Criminal Investigation Command.
“Until we talk to everyone involved, it’s an ongoing investigation and we [cannot comment],” Brandon said.
No one had been arrested in the incident as of late Thursday afternoon.
Postal patrons who came Thursday to check for mail were told the mailroom was a crime scene and were not allowed to enter.
Instead, patrons were asked by police which mailbox was theirs, and then police checked to see if it was one of the vandalized boxes.
“I was pissed off,” said Don Johnson, an employee of Army and Air Force Exchange Service. “I was expecting a package today, and now I can’t get it.”
Johnson said he had worked at Warner Barracks for about one year and said it was the first time he had problems getting his mail from the mailroom, which is operated by the 111th Postal Company.
Brandon said he did not know if anyone’s mail had been stolen.
The mailroom was scheduled to reopen on Friday, according to Renate Bohlen, a spokeswoman for Army Garrison Bamberg.