Mark Crowther of Chirk, Wrexham, stole postboxes from Wrexham, Flintshire and Shropshire, causing a total of £26,000 in damage.
Crowther, 37, pleaded guilty to 33 counts of theft and five attempted thefts. Crowther received a 12-month sentence, suspended for 16 months.
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Mold Crown Court, Judge Nicolas Parry called it “an attack on the way of life in rural communities”.
Crowther, used equipment in order to remove the post boxes, such as drills & screwdrivers, which he then sold to unsuspecting people on the well known online auction site. No mail was taken.
The incidents took place between 2012 and 2014.
His computer and phone were seized and showed he had searched for post box locations and their locking mechanisms.
Judge Parry said “In the circumstances it would be a nonsense to send you into custody bearing in mind you should have been dealt with in 2014 or 2015,”.
Brian Treadwell, defending, said the offences dated back a long time and Crowther had since transformed his life.
As well as the suspended sentence, Crowther must also carry out 300 hours of unpaid work.