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SIU police seeking information on second suspect in graffiti incidents

By Daily Egyptian staff

The Department of Public Safety is asking the public to help identify a second suspect after more than a dozen instances of graffiti have been found on campus during the last month. 

Criminal defacement of property has been reported 13 times since Dec. 9, according to SIU police’s crime log. SIU Police Chief Benjamin Newman told the Southern Illinoisan that police believe “several” of the incidents are related.

Police are now looking for information about “a light-skinned male,” about 18 years old, who is 5-foot-10-inches tall and 160 pounds. The suspect, who has curly brown hair and a goatee, “has been seen traveling on a white skateboard with black lighting [sic] bolts on the underside.”

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On Dec. 11, a surveillance camera took an image of this man walking on the north pedestrian overpass, above U.S. Route 51, wearing a maroon sweatshirt with an “A” on the front. 

Police are also looking for a white male, about 18 years old, who is 5-foot-10-inches tall and 140 pounds. Police say he has “brown hair and sideburns that extend to an under-chin beard.” On Dec. 9, surveillance video captured an image of this suspect skateboarding across the north pedestrian overpass wearing a flannel shirt, glasses and a baseball cap.

SIU police say others may have been involved. 

The suspects wrote text such as “GOXXMMON,” “Jerk,” “EBK,” “VON” and “MOM,” police say. The defacements occurred at Anthony Hall, the Recreation Center and other locations.

Police are asking anyone who recognizes this person or has information regarding these crimes to contact the department at 618-453-3771 or Carbondale Crime Stoppers at 618-549-2677.

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