Police Blotter: Feb. 19

Julian Gerez, Reporter

Door broken in Evanston home

Someone forced the door of a south Evanston home open sometime Monday night or Tuesday morning, police said.

The 88-year-old man who owns the home told police he went to bed in his home in the 1200 block of Sheridan Road around 11 p.m. Monday and when he woke up the next day, someone had damaged his front door by forcing the door open, causing the door jam to break, Evanston police Cmdr. Joseph Dugan said. The man said he did not hear or see anything suspicious during the night and nothing seemed to be missing or disturbed, Dugan added.

Two graffiti incidents found Tuesday

Graffiti was found on a stop sign and a traffic box in two nearby intersections in Evanston on Tuesday afternoon, police said.

The first incident of defacement occurred on the back of a stop sign on the corner of Foster Street and Darrow Avenue. The letters “TVL” were written in black marker on the back of the sign, and they were discovered around 12:45 p.m. Dugan said there is a street gang that operates in Chicago known as the Traveling Vice Lords, but it is unlikely that the graffiti represented this group.

“It would be a stretch,” he said. “Up here (in Evanston) we don’t have problems with them.”

The other graffiti incident occurred on a traffic box less than half a mile away and was also discovered Tuesday about 15 minutes earlier, police said. The markings on the box were written in yellow, but were undecipherable, Dugan said.

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