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Confederate flag dispute, vandalized mailboxes connected?

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The Benton County Sheriff's Office says nearly 50 mailboxes northeast of Vinton were vandalized over the weekend.

Along 58th Street and other surrounding roads near Vinton, deputies say at least 48 mailboxes were vandalized and they believed five juveniles are responsible.

“Kids will be kids sometimes too,” says Jim Gosse who lives in the area near the vandalized mailboxes.

Luckily Gosse wasn't a victim.

“It's a federal offense, I think it's kind of stupid on their part to even do something like that,” said Gosse. “I don't know if it has anything to do with the confederate flag deal they had at the school or not, but some people say it does.”

The Benton County Sheriff's office won't confirm if the mailbox vandalism is connected to the teenagers KWWL talked to on Friday about the Confederate flag controversy at Vinton-Shellsburg High School.

However, some in Vinton think it is and says everything's been blown out of proportion.

Hunter Gray – the student at the center of Friday's Confederate flag controversy, says on Facebook he had nothing to do with it, but knows who did.

He writes, “Not saying anymore. They caught the kids who did it, and sadly it was kids who were supporting us.”

The Sheriff's office says the juveniles responsible for damage are from the Benton County area and charges are likely.

Mailboxes are protected by federal law, and crimes against them and the mail they contain are considered a federal offense

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