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Roscoe Village Graffiti Leads to Arrest of Four Gang Members

By Serena Dai | March 7, 2014 7:31am
 Graffiti at 2232 W. Roscoe St., reported on "See Click Fix"
Graffiti at 2232 W. Roscoe St., reported on "See Click Fix"
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ROSCOE VILLAGE — Four known gang members were arrested while spraying graffiti this week, police said.

In the past week, more graffiti has been spotted in the Roscoe Village area, said Town Hall Police District community policing officer Sgt. Jason Clark. On See Click Fix, a site and app used by the city's 311 to track needed city services, users submitted four requests for graffiti removal on Roscoe between Damen and Western in the past five days alone.

The four Maniac Latin Disciple members were caught by area gang enforcement officers in the 2800 block of North Clybourn Avenue at 3:55 p.m. Wednesday, Clark said. Three were adults, and one was a juvenile, he said.

They were only charged for the graffiti they were caught in the act of making, Clark said. He did not know how much other graffiti the four are responsible for or if they were suspected for other crimes, he said.

For the graffiti, police "were in the right place at the right time" to catch them, he said.

Residents who spot graffiti are encouraged to take photos before removing it, police said at a community policing meeting in Lakeview this week. Sending the photos to police can help pinpoint problems.