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Campus police make arrest in graffiti cases

By Daily Egyptian staff

SIU police have made an arrest after more than a dozen instances of graffiti have been found on campus during the last month. 

Detectives at the Department of Public Safety arrested 23-year-old Tyler Fauke, of Carbondale, in connection with the cases. Fauke is not affiliated with the university.

Fauke was arrested Tuesday on three counts of criminal defacement and was transported to the Jackson County Jail.

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The public provided “several leads” to police, according to an SIU police news release. Officers were able to identify Fauke “thanks to the assistance of local media and diligent investigative work.”

Criminal defacement of property has been reported 13 times since Dec. 9, according to SIU police’s crime log.

Police are still 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.” 

Police say others may have been involved. 

The suspects graffitied 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 with information regarding these crimes to contact the department at 618-453-3771 or Carbondale Crime Stoppers at 618-549-2677.

The Daily Egyptian’s campus desk can be reached at 618-536-3325.

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