A Columbus man faces a felony-level charge after he allegedly threw rocks and broke two windows on the front of the Coalton Post Office.
Jackson County Sheriff Tedd Frazier reports that 39-year-old John M. Bakies of Columbus has been arrested and charged with Vandalism Of A Government Building, which is a 5th-degree felony. He is being held in the Jackson County Correctional Facility.
The broken windows were discovered early Monday morning and the sheriff's office was notified at 6:19 a.m. Two large double-pane windows on the front of the Coalton Post Office, located at 11 South Second St., had been shattered. Two large concrete blocks were found in front of the windows and it was speculated these were possibly used to do the damage.
There was no evidence of any entry to the building and nothing appeared to be missing, but a break-in would have been totally unnecessary since the lobby is kept unlocked on a 24-hour basis for the convenience of box holders. The total value of the damage was placed at $1,722.39.
Bakies was arrested, charged and incarcerated later on Monday, but the crime itself occurred on Sunday, according to the criminal complaint filed with the Jackson County Municipal Court.