Crime

Cops: Two admit to mailbox bashing on Duck Key

Two 18-year-old Marathon men were charged this week with a crushing a mailboxes on Duck Key with a baseball bat on June 30 -- one of what were at least 19 mailboxes so vandalized on the island that day.

Deputy Rosa DiGiovanni from the Monroe County Sheriff's Office wrote in her June 30 arrest report that Roberto Garcia admitted he swung a baseball bat at several mailboxes while Mark Keller, 18, drove him through the neighborhoods in a pickup.

Garcia was arrested Monday; Keller was arrested Tuesday. Both are charged with criminal mischief. The specific mailbox behind the charges is Neil Neville's at 126 Bimini Drive; he estimated the damage at $100.

The pickup was caught on video surveillance. Garcia told deputies where he and Keller tossed the bat. It was recovered near the entrance to Duck Key on U.S. 1.

DiGiovanni wrote that an "independent witness" heard the mailboxes being damaged around the time the Garcia and Keller drove through Duck Key. Keller admitted driving the truck, the arrest report says.

More charges are pending as detectives make contact with additional victims.

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