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Police search for vandals in O’Fallon

Police are reporting upwards of 30 victims in O’Fallon’s Monticello subdivision have been the targets of vandalism, with spray-painted graffiti adorning their cars and garage doors.

The incident occurred in the early morning hours on Sunday, Sept. 20. O’Fallon Police Chief Roy Joachimstaler said the case has been assigned to the detective bureau, and that there had been no new incidents since the initial vandalism.

“There was a number of obscene words, obscene symbols,” Joachimstaler said. “A number of terms used, of the obscene nature. It wasn’t artistic.”

Joachimstaler said the graffiti was very “amateurish,” and while it was too early in the investigation to say for certain, may have been performed by youths.

“It was malicious, and I might add, quite expensive for the homeowners to clean up,” Joachimstaler said.

At the Sept. 24 O’Fallon City Council meeting, several of the councilmembers advised residents to look out for each others’ property. Councilmember John Haman (Ward 3) told those in attendance not to hesitate to call the police station if they spotted any more vandalism.

“The police cannot take care of these actions if the paint is already dry by the time they find out about it,” Haman said. “Lets keep our eyes open for our neighbors and for ourselves and for our city.”

Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to call Detective Weber at (636) 379-5633.

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