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Three juveniles have been charged with felony criminal defacement to property for spray painting graffiti on the Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd, said Commander Tom Guenther, public information officer of the Evanston Police Department, in a prepared statement.

Administrators for the Ecology Center reported the damage on Oct. 7. Evanston police responded and noted that the words B E N, C R A Z Y and G G I T were spray painted onto the brick in large letters constituting significant damage to the building, said the Commander.

This case was investigated by Evanston police school resource officers and juvenile detectives, who learned that the spray painting was linked to a “tagging crew” operating throughout Evanston, said Commander Guenther. Interviews revealed that the word BEN was an acronym standing for “Bomb Every Nation” and that the word “Bomb” means “spray paint everything in sight,” he said.  Extensive interviews led to the identification and arrest of three juveniles, who were charged with felony criminal defacement of property, he said.