EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (KMOX) – Charges have been filed against a 22-year-old Edwardsville man in connection with a string of graffiti attacks on public property.
Alexander J. Phelps faces eight felony charges, including criminal damage to government supported property and criminal damage to property over $300.
Locations that were hit include the Illinois Department of Transportation rest stop along northbound Interstate 55 at mile marker 24, a bridge in the 1100 block of St. Louis Street, plus buildings on East Park Avenue, Vandalia, Plaza Court and North Main.
Reports of graffiti at several businesses throughout downtown Edwardsville date back to mid-June, and the felony counts against Phelps were the result of an ongoing investigation by the Edwardsville Police Department.
“I hope these charges and the defendant’s arrest serve as a warning to anyone else considering defacing public and private property,” said Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons. “The defacement and destruction of property is a serious offense, vandalism of any type will not be tolerated in Madison County.”
Investigators found a social media account that had posted images documenting the various works of graffiti, leading them to track down Phelps.
A search warrant for his cell phone netted the evidence needed to take Phelps into custody.
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