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Eggs Thrown, Paintballs Shot, Concrete Cracked and Windows Smashed

Several weeks of property damage incidents as reported by Elmhurst police.

Elmhurst police reported a number of incidences of property damage over the past month. Reports were released between June 9 and July 11.

Windows were shattered on a dealership's car parked at Honda of Elmhurst, 300 W. Grand Ave., sometime between 10:30 p.m. June 7 and 9 a.m. June 8. The vehicle was locked and nothing appeared to be missing. Damage is estimated at $500.

Someone drew a penis and wrote the word "slut" on the sidewalk in front of a home on the 200 block of East Third Street between 12:30 and 2 p.m. June 9. Several eggs also were thrown at the home, causing damage to the aluminum siding.

Someone damaged an outdoor walkway lamp worth $300 on the 700 block of Chatham between 9:30 p.m. June 8 and noon June 9.

Someone used spray-painted in purple the words "Sleks" and "Slek" on the wall of the underpass at North and Emroy between 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. June 17. The suspect is described as a male about 6 feet 2 inches who walks with a limp and has acne. He was carrying a skateboard and a backpack.

Unreadable black and gray graffiti was found scribbled and sprayed on the Union Pacific Railroad utility box near Pioneer Park at 8 p.m. June 19.

Someone shot orange paintballs at the front of a home on the 300 block of Lexington between 10:30 and 11:30 p.m. June 22. Damage is estimated at $200.

Police had to replace about 15 drain and manhole covers in the area of Second and Third streets and Elm and Oak streets at 7:38 a.m. June 24. Most of the grates were still in the sewer and had to be lifted out. Two manhole covers had been removed and were on the parkways. Police also noticed a 4-inch-by-4-inch hole in the concrete in front of a sewer drain on the southeast corner of Second and Evergreen, possibly due to an offender dropping a grate on the road. Police said the neighbors didn't see anything unusual.

The right side and rear of a silver 2003 Saturn L200 was keyed while it was parked in the parking deck at 120 Adelaide between 4 p.m. June 23 and 11:15 a.m. June 24.

A window on the north side of Sandburg Middle School, 345 E. St. Charles Road, was damaged with what appeared to be a baseball between noon June 22 and 8 a.m. June 25. Damage is estimated at $50.

Someone apparently kicked the door panel of a garage door on the 200 block of East First Street damaging two of its lower panels and causing $700 in damage. The incident was reported at 1 p.m. June 29.

The front window of a home on the 700 block of South Spring Road was damaged by a rock. Damage is estimated at $200. The incident was reported at 10 p.m. July 1.

The "Welcome to Elmhurst" sign at North Avenue and Route 83 was found knocked down at 1:30 p.m. July 11.

Stewart Levine July 16, 2012 at 09:06 AM
sounds like typical elmhurst juvenile delinquents. they are probably the ones responsible for the dumpster fire and blowing up port-a-potty's with fireworks. this type of behavior has to be stopped early on, if not it can, and will spiral out of control into much bigger problems for the community. no one wants to see Elmhurst on ABC, CBS, or NBC, FOX or WGN News, for what these kids could potentially do. Let's not forget kids and teenagers do stupid things. I would recommend that the culprits be identified, and undergo mandatory psychological evaluations, and mandatory counseling sessions 3x a week. that is really the only way to solve the problem. that behavior is unacceptable, and makes our community look bad. With all the problems going on in this country with the economy and everything else, it only makes sense that people would absorb all of this negativity psychosomatically and expel it through negative destructive behavior.
Mar July 16, 2012 at 02:48 PM
I agree Stewart! WTF is going on. No more slap on the hand and release if they are caught. Counseling, yes but in a lock down secure place. Either that or 3 strikes and its mandatory one year in jail. Elmhurst police has their work cut out for them. We have to stick together and support them. Keep your eyes and ears open. Be aware of your surroundings. CALL POLICE! We can't have this go on forever!
North Side July 16, 2012 at 03:26 PM
The "welcome to elmhurst" sign was found knocked over on the 11th...that was blown down in the storm!!! I watched it happen...how observant of Elmhurst to just no notice...
North Side July 16, 2012 at 03:26 PM
*just now notice, sorry for the typo :)
NancyC July 16, 2012 at 03:29 PM
God and jobs. Fear and loathing!
Glenn July 16, 2012 at 04:25 PM
I figured that the sign was blown over in the storm, DUH...
Joseph Richard snodgrass July 16, 2012 at 05:39 PM
its just a cry for attention i cant seriously see who i side with cause i dont know the whole story
Stewart Levine July 16, 2012 at 08:06 PM
what is going on can easily spiral out of control into endemic proportions, jailing people is a very costly and not very humane way of dealing with issues that are almost entirely emotional based but have spiraled into other aspects of life. like the article here on patch about empathy vs bullies. starts with parents, the community, and kids who understand what it takes to earn a dollar doing hard work. not rich kids in their parents car who are bored, drunk, stoned, and lack any sort of mentoring.
Mar July 16, 2012 at 08:48 PM
But what happened to having some fear. Fear of your parents being disappointed in you, fear that you may be grounded, fear of being caught, fear of the police? Why are these kids so emotionally disturb? It is very important for the parents to get involved. But these kids are rich because the parents are busy working and never home with their kids! I'm sure every person in jail has emotional problems. Someone has to pay to fix all this damage that is happening. Jail may be costly but it should be introduced. Take these people on a tour, show them what coupled happen if they keep up this crap! They are breaking the law and should pay the price. Humane?? The LAW is the LAW. Besides if the parents are rich, they could pay bail to get the kid out and then the city could make money. I think a lot of these kids use their emotions as an excuse. Because we are so quick to feel sorry and be understanding to the behavior. Who is enabling them? Maybe parents of these kids just don't care. When is it the right time to say, You are old enough to except your wrong doings? How about right now, no better time then the present! And not blame the parents completely? However, you need a license to drive but not a license to be a parent. Maybe that should be next. Or is that too costly also?
Mar July 16, 2012 at 10:02 PM
What if it's not the rich kids? Kids are kids! And they are breaking the law. We need to catch them regardless of how they are being raised at home!!!
Lexi G. July 17, 2012 at 01:32 AM
"The suspect is described as a male about 6 feet 2 inches who walks with a limp and has acne. He was carrying a skateboard and a backpack." Someone who fits that description works at the Jewel on Schiller.
Joseph Richard snodgrass July 17, 2012 at 01:38 AM
i think both sides always overreact
Suzy Frame July 19, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Wow this is such a crazy story. It sounds familiar, with all the trouble makers running around town. I just can't believe there were even cracks in the concrete and windows smashed in. I do agree that this is normal activity, and even though people are sick of all the "cracks in the concrete" and "eggs" people should have been a little more calm. In regards: olymatteract.com

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