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Published January 13, 2014, 08:06 PM

Blind man feels victimized by his neighbor and county due to a moved mailbox without his knowledge

Vergas, MN (WDAY TV) - A blind man from Otter Tail County says he feels victimized by one of his neighbors and the county. Bruce Stoddard says a man living next to his lake home in Vergas removed his mailbox without telling him.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY

Vergas, MN (WDAY TV) - A blind man from Otter Tail County says he feels victimized by one of his neighbors and the county. Bruce Stoddard says a man living next to his lake home in Vergas removed his mailbox without telling him, and he says county officials won't help.

Imagine going out to check the mail with your eyes closed, walking and reaching into darkness. Bruce Stoddard is blind, and relies on his routine, senses, and seeing-eye dog for stability in his life. That all changed a few months back.

Bruce Stoddard: “A neighbor called me and said, 'Hey are you taking your mailbox down?' I said, 'No!'”

Stoddard came to find out that another neighbor told the sheriff's office he didn't like its location on his side of the shared driveway and removed it without a call, letter, or knock on the door.

Bruce Stoddard: “Who in the world or what in the world? Who would've taken it out? Why?”

Stoddard says his old mailbox used to sit a few feet closer to the driveway, but after his neighbor took it out he had to pay to put a new one in here.

Bruce Stoddard: “It is very important to have things in the same place. If I don't have them in the same spot, I'm not going to be able to find them.”

He tried reaching out to the sheriff's office and county attorney, but says they dismissed his case.

Bruce Stoddard: “I'm feeling like I'm victimized twice.”

He says removing a mailbox is a federal offense, one he believes deserves justice.

Bruce Stoddard: “Why do they write the laws if they don't enforce them?”

Attempts to reach both the neighbor and county attorney were unsuccessful.

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