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Lisbon: threatening letters under investigation

By: Charlotte Smith

Crime ReportThe community of Lisbon is on alert after some residents received threatening letters. According to the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office letters were distributed in several mailboxes sometime yesterday, Thursday, August 24th, 2017.

The letters have been recovered by the Sheriff’s Office. In the letters the unknown author admits responsibility for past crimes, mentions individual names and threatens to kill family members of the letter recipients if money is not surrendered according to officials. The U.S. Code for crimes and criminal procedure prohibits the placement of unstamped flyers in any mailbox. 

Title 18, section 1725 states that any person who knowingly deposits “mail-able matter” without postage in an established letter box shall be subject to a fine. The Government Accountability Office reports that fines may be as high as $5,000 per occurrence for individuals and $10,000 per occurrence for organizations. 

Bladen County Sheriff’s Detective, Richard Allen said, “We know about the letters. We are investigating the matter and taking it seriously.” Anyone with information about the letters is instructed to contact the Sheriff’s Office (910)862-6947.

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