Longview Post Office vandalism

A glass door of the Longview Post Office was boarded up Monday morning following vandalism over the weekend.

Police said Tuesday they have no leads in an act of vandalism at the Longview Post Office over the weekend that prompted the Postal Service to reduce after-hours public access to the historic building.

Police 911 dispatch logs reported that the glass on the large entry door to the post office lobby was smashed sometime between 7:30 p.m. Friday and 6:30 a.m. Saturday. The glass door was covered with cardboard Monday morning, and customers were able to access all mailboxes and the service counter. 

It is unlikely the destruction was an accident because the doors have thick glass, Longview Sgt. Chris Blanchard said Tuesday. But police have no leads and no video of the incident so the investigation is closed, he said.

Even before this weekend, the Postal Service had been considering reducing lobby hours because homeless people have been sleeping there and using it as a bathroom, regional USPO spokesman Ernie Swanson said Monday. The lobby has historically been open 24 hours for patrons to access mailboxes and mail parcels and letters.

Postal patrons who have mail boxes in the lobby have had to walk over and past sleeping homeless people, Swanson said.

A reduction in hours will likely take place soon, he said, estimating the lobby would be closed by 7 to 8 p.m. in the evening and reopen sometime between 7 and 8 a.m. He emphasized that short-term and long-term closure hours have not been firmly established.

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