Police Make Arrest In Four Mailbox Arsons

Police say they have made an arrest in a series of fires in which mailboxes were burned.

Two post office collection boxes in Havelock, and others in Newport and Morehead City were the target of arson, according to police.

Roger Applewhite, Jr. was arrested Monday by Havelock police.

Havelock police say two collection boxes at their post office on Highway 70 were set on fire at different times. The first fire happened around 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Then the second happened around 4:30 p.m. the same day. The Newport arson also happened Sunday, while the Morehead City fire was reported Monday morning.

Some 1200 pieces of mail were in those boxes and the Postal Service says they've been able to identify the recipient or sender of most of the mail. But it says a few pieces were destroyed by the fire. The mail that is identifiable is being placed back into the mail stream Monday with a letter of explanation.

Applewhite faces charges for all four fires.

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