Vandals Hit North Lansing Neighborhood

By: Anthony Sabella Email
By: Anthony Sabella Email

Like many who live near Lansing's Comstock Park, David DeVinney spent the morning cleaning spray paint off his car.

DeVinney awoke Tuesday morning to profanity written on the side, with the words 'SB 900' written on the hood. The same graffiti could be found on a number of vehicles, homes, street signs and even play equipment along Daleford Street, leaving neighbors obviously upset.

"You have these people coming in and doing senseless stuff," said Shannon Mejia. "You can't even have a nice park to practice for their football or play."

Mejia, along with her Integrity Cleaning co-workers, were able to clean the vandalism off of their work van while it was still fresh, but others weren't so lucky. Now, the neighborhood just wants to catch those responsible and are using the graffiti as the first clue.

Neighbors say 'SB' stands for 'Stock Block', a nickname local teenagers have given the neighborhood. They're convinced those same teens are behind the vandalism.

"They just wander around in small or larger groups and, to me, it just seems like they're looking for something to do," said DeVinney. "They don't seem to have any direction whatsoever from home."

Levi Williams says teens have caused the neighborhood problems in the past, but never anything like this. Even though several police reports have been filed, he's not waiting for police help to make the next move.

"We'll be out here just waiting for them to pop up and hopefully the boys in blue will come see you too as soon as we're done with you," said Williams.

Lt. Darin Southworth of Lansing Police says no suspects have been found and that whoever is responsible will face misdemeanor charges, per incident, and felony charges if damages exceed $1,000.

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