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Graffiti on SIU campus

SIU Police identified a person of interest in a rash of graffiti incidents on SIU’s campus as a white male, approximately 18 years old, 5’10”, 140 lbs, with brown hair and sideburns that extend to an under-chin beard.

CARBONDALE — Police at Southern Illinois University are asking for help identifying a person of interest in a rash of graffiti incidents over the past month.

Since Dec. 9, 13 instances of criminal defacement of property have been reported. Police Chief Ben Newman said investigators think “several” of the incidents are related.

With students off campus for winter break, Newman described the offenses as “crimes of opportunity.”

The suspect or suspects allegedly spray-painted and wrote in Sharpie words and letter combinations such as “Jerk,” “GOXXMMON,” and “MOM” on campus buildings. The crime log lists locations across campus, from the Wham Education Building to the Recreation Center and Anthony Hall, as targets in the 13 incidents.

Police are looking for a white male with brown hair, about 18 years old, 5 feet 10 inches, 140 pounds. In the surveillance photo, taken Dec. 9, the suspect is seen skateboarding across the North Pedestrian Overpass. He’s wearing a long, flannel shirt, glasses and a backwards baseball cap.

Anyone with information is asked to call SIU police at 618-45-3771, or Carbondale Crime Stoppers at 618-549-2677.

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Sarah Graham is a reporter for The Southern Illinoisan covering higher education and Union County.

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