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Fourteen structures 300 400 blocks IndianStreet were tagged with graffiti early Tuesday morning. Police are concerned graffiti may be gang-related./Michelle

Fourteen structures in the 300 and 400 blocks of Indiana Street were tagged with graffiti early Tuesday morning. Police are concerned the graffiti may be gang-related./Michelle L. Quinn for the Post-Tribune | Provided Photo~Sun-Times Media ptmet

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Updated: May 19, 2013 7:44AM



GRIFFITH — Officers have been assigned to investigate the largest incident of graffiti the town has seen, Griffith Police Chief Greg Mance said Wednesday.

Fourteen structures in the 300 and 400 blocks of Indiana Street were tagged sometime between 3 and 6 a.m. Tuesday, Mance said. Officers had made an arrest in the neighborhood around 2 a.m. that morning but no evidence of the graffiti was there at that time.

An affected resident reported the graffiti upon discovering it, he said.

Because the graffiti had a gang-related appearance to it, the department will be extra vigilant. Whether it is actually gang-related or painted by a person emulating gang symbols has yet to be determined, however.

“Any incident of graffiti in town is serious, especially if it’s gang-related,” Mance said. “Every town in Lake County has a gang presence to some degree, and we will use every resource we have to address it.

“It’s a priority for (Griffith) to send a message that gang activity won’t be tolerated.”

Mance said towns periodically endure bouts of graffiti and that whoever did it wasn’t doing it on a large scale. Still, the town has never seen 14 structures defaced at one time.

“It was shocking to see that much,” he said.

Anyone with any information should contact the Griffith Police Department at 924-7503.



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