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Suburban Vandals Arrested
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Suburban Vandals Arrested

East Hills Council of Neighbors wishes everyone a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. In the spirit of justice, we wanted to provide our residents with a quick crime update concerning recent tagging and vandalism that has run rampant on Wealthy Street and beyond, within the last month.

We are happy to announce that these suburban vandals have been apprehended. Three young men were arrested on 5-8-2012 at 3:53am for meddling and tampering with property (graffiti) near 131 and Wealthy Street. Tyler Melinn & Andrew Lohman were arrested and the third was released. They had lots of spray paint cans with them but dropped them and ran when the police showed up. Their graffiti has shown up in Eastown, Heritage Hill, and East Hills and on buildings that other taggers did not usually violate because they were clearly well cared for and not abandoned. These young men were indiscriminate with their spray paint and did harm to our image as safe and friendly neighborhoods.

We, at East Hills, have a zero-tolerance policy on graffiti and feel that it is highly disrespectful to our residents, business owners, and visitors. East Hills is a neighborhood without any chain stores/restaurants and we value the strong fortitude and hard work of our amazing local businesses and residents. To add insult to injury, Andrew and Tyler were originally from Jenison, MI. Their actions show a blatant disrespect for the business owners and residents that have worked extremely hard to make this urban neighborhood a walkable and vital community within Grand Rapids.

Thank you so much to the GRPD and fellow neighborhood organizers for making a concerted effort to apprehend these suburban vandals.

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