3 adults, teen arrested in more than 140 mailbox vandalism cases


Davidson Willis Mains (left), Jonathan Tilton Riley (middle) and Laura Ruth Smith (right) [Mugshots provided by, Alamance County Sheriff’s Office]

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GRAHAM, N.C. — Four people were arrested early Tuesday morning after deputies say more than 140 mailboxes were vandalized across Alamance County.

According to the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office, deputies began receiving reports early Tuesday of mailboxes being damaged across the county.  Areas in the initial reports included Holmes Lane, Old Arbor Road, Turner Road, Fox Hall Road, Wood Road and Durham Street.

Around 4 a.m., deputies say a possible suspect vehicle was stopped on Williamson Avenue by officers with the Elon Police Department and Elon University Campus Police.

After further investigation, deputies say the four occupants of the vehicle were arrested by Elon police.

The suspects were identified as Davidson Willis Mains, 18, of Swepsonville, Laura Ruth Smith, 18, of Graham, Jonathan Tilton Riley, 20, of Graham, and a 15-year-old male.  The juvenile’s name is not being released due to his age.

The sheriff’s office has charged each of the three adult suspects with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and 60 counts of injury to real property.  The 15-year-old was served with juvenile petitions for multiple counts of injury to real property, deputies said.

Deputies say similar charges have been filed against the suspects by Gibsonville police and Elon police.  Additional charges from the sheriff’s office and other local agencies are anticipated, deputies said.

As of noon Tuesday, officials have confirmed the suspects are expected to face charges in 75 cases with the sheriff’s office, 32 cases with Elon police and between 40 and 45 cases with Gibsonville police.  It is also believed the suspects will face charges in cases filed with the Burlington and Mebane police departments.

Authorities are still receiving new reports of property damage, deputies said.

No other information was immediately available.

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