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Telferner post office vandalized with graffiti

By Gheni_Platenburg
May 20, 2010 at 12:20 a.m.

Graffiti defaces the side of the Telferner Post Office. The tagging occurred sometime this past weekend.

A foreboding message left on the post office has Telferner residents on edge.

"See you next weekend," read one of the graffiti messages spray-painted on the side of the Telferner post office last weekend.

"There are warnings and postal regulations posted everywhere, but I guess that means nothing to them," said Postmaster Rebecca Lanes, who suspects the incident occurred early Sunday morning. "They sure don't treat this like a post office or a federal building."

The graffiti covered the sides and back of the building.

Lanes suspects the tags and colorful elaborate markings are gang related.

The Victoria County Sheriff's Office was not available on Thursday to confirm whether the graffiti was indeed a product of gangs.

Lanes, who has been postmaster for the last three years, said as of yet no witnesses have come forward.

"For nobody to have seen this is hard to believe," she said. "They took their time and really colored in the letters."

Unfortunately, the upset postmaster said her building was not equipped with cameras to catch the suspects.

"We don't have enough sales or revenue to purchase cameras, said Lanes.

Although Lanes said the sheriff's office is aware of the incident, she continues to worry about what this weekend will bring.

"That on the wall is a threat. It's something serious. You don't play with that," she said.

Telferner residents expressed their concern over the defaced building.

"I just thought it was just ridiculous," said 24-year-old Elizabeth Henderson. "I'm scared about what's coming, like drugs and gangs."

David Hansen, 62, who has a historical tie to the post office, said this is one of the worst graffiti incidents he has seen occur in the city.

"This has always been a quiet community," said Hansen, whose grandmother was the city's first postmaster. "It's not something you see too often in this town. Maybe some new people have moved in."

He continued, "It's not going to stop until someone catches them."

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