Sheriff's investigators say 2 teens spray-painted vehicles

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign County sheriff's investigators have identified two Champaign teens they believe to be responsible for more than a dozen vehicle vandalisms that occurred in southwest Champaign in late July.

Sheriff's Lt. Ed Ogle said Investigator Jody Ferry, acting on a tip, interviewed two boys, one 16 and the other 17, on Monday. They admitted they were responsible for spray-painting vehicles on at least 16 blocks in southwest Champaign neighborhoods that are in the city and the county.

Ogle estimated that the damage in each of the vandalisms ranged from $400 to $1,000.

Most of the vehicles were spray-painted with graffiti between Saturday, July 21, and Monday, July 23.

Areas reporting damage were the 3800 block of Farhills Drive, the 2600 block of Pine Valley Drive, the 2900, 3100 and 3200 blocks of Valleybrook Drive, the 2600 block of Southmoor Drive, the 2800 block of Willow Bend Road, the 3100 block of Meadowbrook Drive, the 2900 block of Prairie Meadow Drive, the 1900 block of South Duncan Road, the 2900 block of Sierra Drive, the 2400 block of Brett Drive, the 2500 block of Pinehurst Drive, the 2900 block of Wendover Place, the 2500 block of Waterville Drive and the 3100 block of Glenhill Place.

Ogle said Ferry is completing his reports and will forward them to the state's attorney's office later this week for formal charges.

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Sid Saltfork wrote on July 31, 2012 at 7:07 pm

Since they are teens; their names, and addresses cannot be published.  What about their parents names?  Did they live in the area that they vandalized?  Will they get a "good talking to"; or will they be punished?  Restitution is not punishment if they are not the ones paying for it.  Visable sentenced public service such as scrubbing the Courthouse steps on Saturday's would be appropriate.  I got busted for curfew violation when I was a teen.  I cleaned the jail's toliets on Saturdays for a month.  My name was in the local paper also.  All of my family including aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, and parents with teachers, and everyone who knew me in town made sure that I did not violate curfew again.