The Woodward Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying those responsible for a recent string of vandalism.

Detectives Lt. Chuck Wheeler and Sgt. Billy Parker are investigating a series of nine vandalism reports which they believe to be related and perhaps done by the same person or group of people.

Several buildings, signs, and even a car have been spray painted with gang-related terminology as well as obscenities and other vulgarities, Wheeler said.

The cases were all within a seven block area between 15th and 22nd Streets in the alleyways along Main Street, he said. The incidents also occurred around the same time last week.

Wheeler said police believe a group of juveniles are responsible and Parker is already investigating some leads.

Parker said the recent string of vandalism may be related to some previous incidents earlier in the year in which a number of vehicles were tagged and spray painted with similar terminology and figures.

Both detectives said police would appreciate any tips or information the public can give them in making a positive identification of the vandal or vandals.

Wheeler said the police department is offering a reward through Crimestoppers. He said there is a $500 reward for anyone who can provide information that leads to the arrest and subsequent conviction of those responsible.

Those with information may contact the Crimestoppers at (580) 254-8532.

Wheeler also said if anyone ever sees someone in the process of tagging or any other type of vandalism, he or she should contact the police immediately.

In addition to the nine related cases, Parker said he is also investigating a number of other cases involving vandalism.

In one of those other cases, an area along Santa Fe Avenue that had been previously tagged with some different gang terminology had been tagged again.

In another case, a vehicle and a residence were defaced with green paint.

All together, Parker said the 11 vandalism cases have amounted in an estimated $5,750 in damages. The detectives said that is a conservative estimate and the damages may turn out to be greater.

According to Wheeler, Woodward has never seen a string of vandalism like this before.

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