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Vandals Scratch Swears, Lines Into 27 Vehicles

Police say a vandal, or vandals, targeted 27 cars, trucks and vans in Tinley Park over the weekend, carving words like "gay" and "a--hole" into their hoods, trunks and side panels. All were parked in the same general area, according to the report.

In a less-than eight hour overnight window, police say someone scratched random symbols, lines and curse words into 27 vehicles that were parked within the village.

The damage translated into 19 police reports being filed at the detailing marks that a vandal, or vandals, scratched into the vehicles between roughly midnight and 7 a.m. 

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The vandalism spanned four streets—167th Place, Grissom Drive, and 82nd and 80th avenues—surrounding Grissom Middle School, 17000 80th Ave., . At least two of the damaged vehicles were parked in the school's lots, according to the police reports. There are cameras perched on the school that face the street, police said.

"We're looking into the possibility of surveillance video, yes," Tinley Police Cmdr. Steve Vaccaro said. "We're also canvasing the neighborhood to look for possible leads … anything suspicious that people saw or heard during the night."

The vast majority of filed reports simply described the damage and the time frame it occurred. The words "gay" and "b-----" showed up on several vehicles and one had circles and loops "all over" the hood. Six of the reports included damage to at least two vehicles that were parked in the same driveway.

One report included a 12:30 a.m. encounter a man had after parking his wife's Volkswagen Beetle in the driveway in the 16800 block of South 82nd Street. 

"She said her husband drove the vehicle home … and that he noticed two teenage girls in front of either 8124 or 8130 169th Street playing with hula hoops," the report said. "(She) said the girls waved at her husband."

The Volkswagen was later vandalized on its hood, trunk and both sides with the words "a--hole," "gay," "fag," "gay box," and other phrases that were unreadable, according to the report.

If or when the perpetrators are identified, Vaccaro said they'll be charged with criminal damage to property—one count for each vehicle that was damaged that night.

The case remained under investigation Monday afternoon.

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What do you think about these incidents? Live in the area? See anything odd that night? Tell us in the comments.

Vicki July 10, 2012 at 05:50 PM
That's craziness! I feel bad for the owners. I hope they catch who did it.
Carrie Frillman July 10, 2012 at 07:42 PM
Agreed, Vicki. The police commander said it's possible that more reports roll in. Several of the victims were on vacation and their neighbors made vandalism reports on their behalf. Can you imagine returning from your vacation to that? Awful.
Harry Callahan July 10, 2012 at 09:22 PM
I do too,but with a harsh ending.
TP Resident July 10, 2012 at 11:54 PM
They scratched my car. I live on 82nd Ave. It looks like another case of kids who have too much. Where are the parents at when their brats are out late at night causing trouble?
Carrie Frillman July 11, 2012 at 02:39 AM
I'm sorry to hear that, TP resident. Assuming "kids" are responsible, I'm surprised no one noticed them out and about. The only mention of anyone seeing anything suspicious was the girls with the hula hoops.
Another concerned TP resident July 13, 2012 at 11:13 PM
Come on Carrie! Do you really believe an adult would have time or motive to do this kind of thing? Most adults I know in TP are sleeping at this time so they can get up early and go to work at their one, two or three jobs to provide for their families (or "brats") as needed. PLEASE don't insult your neighbor's intelligence! Girls with hula hoops or not, bored and unsupervised kids are the prime suspects in cases like this.
SouthSide July 15, 2012 at 07:04 PM
Wow. Take it easy on Carrie. I can see an 18 yo (what the military considers adult) doing something like this. In fact, a friend of mine had an ex-boyfriend scratch "b----" on the hood of her car, and he is 40 something.

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