AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. - Carol Simmons was sleeping the other night when she heard loud noises outside her window.
"I heard this 'boom, boom, boom, boom, boom'. I thought it was rifle shots," said Simmons.
The next morning, she was shocked to see that her mailbox was beaten and smashed.
"It's just beyond my imagination or beyond my thinking, why people would want to destroy property," said Simmons.
According to the Augusta County Sheriff's Office, there have been eight separate reports in July alone of mailboxes that had been vandalized throughout the county. Several other mailboxes were damaged on Simmons' street.
Brittney Baber lives off Pine Bluff Road on the other side of the county and her mailbox was hit a second time last week. She's upset that her family has to constantly spend money to replace their mailbox.
"It's immature, it's causing a lot of people to have to pull money out of their pockets for unnecessary funds," said Barber.
Mailboxes are considered federal property. Anyone caught vandalizing one could be fined up to $250,000 and spend up to three years in jail.
The U.S. Postal Service recommends that you make sure your mailbox is properly installed and that you keep it in good repair to lessen your chances of damage.
Simmons doesn't understand why anyone would do this, but she offers them advice.
"I don't really know how they sleep at night to tell you the truth," added Simmons. "Find something else to do with your time."