The person who lit two U.S. Postal Service mailboxes on fire in San Francisco early Thursday morning could face severe penalties if caught.
A fire was lit in a mailbox at the corner of Sansome and Bush streets at about 2 a.m.; another mailbox burned in the 900 block of Pine
Street at about 2:40 a.m., police said.
The fires were confined to the mailboxes, and no other damage was reported.
U.S. Postal Service Inspector Hilary Rickher said that damaging a mailbox or mail are both federal crimes that can result in fines or up to
three years in prison for each offense.
Thursday morning's fires damaged both mailboxes and 23 pieces of mail, Rickher said. She said investigators have been able to identify the senders of the mail, and that the letters will be returned to them.
Rickher said it is believed both fires were started with lit newspapers.
Video footage taken on Pine Street shows an unidentified individual wrapped in a blanket lighting a piece of newspaper on fire and
stuffing it inside the mailbox, Rickher said.
No arrests have been made but the investigation is continuing.