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Community Rallies for Vandalized Oswego Veterans Memorial

Jan 08, 2017 06:33PM ● Published by Steven Jack

A group of concerned citizens is taking matters into their own hands after vandals recently damaged Oswego's downtown Veterans Memorial.

Oswego Police reported late last week that the memorial was tagged by spray-painted graffiti. The incident is the latest in a string of graffiti downtown with vandals hitting the Old Fire Barn building, Floral Expressions and Gifts and several other spots. 

Oswego Police spokeswoman Cathy Nevara said police don't believe the graffiti is gang related, and the incidents are still under investigation.

Oswego Police announced Dec. 29 that they were seeking the public's assistance in helping find the vandals and a Kendall County Crimestoppers reward is available for information leading to an arrest. 

However, that group of residents and business owners is now adding to the reward. 

"The Veterans Memorial Wall was the final straw," read a post that made the rounds on social media this weekend. "In light of the recent string of vandalism, Jacobsen Lawn Service is going to start a fund and donate $100 to be used as a reward for information leading to an arrest."

As of Wednesday morning, the fund has raised $1,500 from several residents and local business owners, and Oswego Police have been contacted regarding the additional reward money, said organizer Rick Jacobsen.

Anyone wishing to contribute to the reward, may call or text Jacobsen at (630) 945-0477. 

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