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June 20, 2014

Vandalism outbreak prompts police investigation

CHICKASHA —

Dozens of vandalism reports have prompted a Chickasha Police investigation that may soon be coming to a head.

Between 15-20 cases have been reported, all with a similar nature, CPD Lt. Shanon McLain said, and all in an area near the intersection of S. 17th Street and W. Tennessee Avenue. 

"It started over the weekend," McLain said. "It's red and black spray paint on fences, buildings and vehicles."

McLain also said officers were close to presenting evidence to the District Attorney's office in order to receive a warrant.

"We expect to have it ready for the DA in a short amount of time," he said. "We're seeking a warrant. It's not a big group of people."

Reports started coming in over the weekend of black and red spray paint found smeared on property. The most recent cases were reported Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.

Two came within a block of each other on S. 17th Street. A resident reported her garage door was vandalized in the 1500 block, and less than an hour later another person, this time in the 1600 block, had their storage building spray painted with graffiti, according to CPD reports.

Just after midnight on Thursday, a vandalism report was taken in the 1600 block of W. Tennessee Avenue. 

They are the latest in a string of incidents police have been investigating, and McLain said they may soon have their suspects identified. He explained the words "crow" and "jugalo" were prevalent in the vandalism reports, and that is an indication to police of the people they are dealing with.

"We know what the terms mean and we believe we know the individuals involved," McLain said. "I don't want to get too far ahead, because the investigation is still ongoing. But, we should be ready to go to the DA very soon."

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