Kendall Crimestoppers Announce Reward for Oswego Veterans Memorial Defacement
Jan 31, 2017 07:47AM ● Published by Steven Jack
In a release, Crimestoppers said the $2,000 amount was higher than normal due to donations collected from concerned residents and business owners from around the community. Local business owner Rick Jacobsen led the effort to collect the funds.
"I just did it because I'm pretty much sick of people disrespecting our military," he said. "I have family members who are veterans and this is pretty important to me."
The Veterans Memorial was tagged with graffiti in early January during a rash of incidents that hit several downtown buildings and businesses. Oswego Police have said they don't believe the graffiti is gang related, and police spokeswoman Cathy Nevara said the investigation continues.
"(We) have been following up on leads and information, however police are still asking anyone who may have information to come forward," Nevara said.
The graffiti was removed from the memorial Jan. 18 by volunteers from Nedrow Decorating in Aurora and Five Star Equipment Rental of Naperville, who worked in conjunction with Jacobsen and local veterans advocate Herschel Luckinbill.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Oswego Police Department at 630-551-7300 or report it anonymously to Kendall County Crimestoppers at 630-553-5999.