BROOKSVILLE — Prosecutors have dropped petty theft and criminal mischief charges against a Hernando County elementary school teacher who moved his mother-in-law's mailbox last year.
Aaron C. Kinkaid, 43, never deprived Mary Bennett of her property when he uprooted her mailbox and moved it down the street on Dec. 10, and investigators couldn't prove that he damaged it, said Assistant State Attorney Deanna Cerbini.
Mary Bennett and her daughter, Christina Easton, called deputies after Easton saw Kinkaid move the mailbox, according to a Hernando sheriff's report. Bennett is the mother of Kinkaid's wife, Stephanie, and Easton is Stephanie's sister and lives with Bennett next door to the Kinkaids on Willow Bank Avenue, east of Brooksville. Kinkaid told deputies he moved the mailbox because Easton had looked in his mailbox the prior week. Easton denied that.
The Kinkaids are both teachers at Eastside Elementary, though Aaron Kinkaid has been on unpaid leave since Aug. 14.