Detroit fans suspected in vandalism

2012-03-07T13:45:00Z 2012-03-08T16:30:12Z Detroit fans suspected in vandalismBy Jeff Burton jeff.burton@nwi.com, (219) 548-4354 nwitimes.com

VALPARAISO | Police are investigating a number of vandalism reports near the Valparaiso University campus following Tuesday night's Horizon League men's basketball championship game against the University of Detroit Mercy.

Officers began receiving vandalism reports about 10:30 p.m. when a 33-year-old law student reported damage to the front door of this apartment in the 300 block of College Avenue and his car parked outside, police said. They said the damage was caused by a black permanent marker.

Officers patrolling the area then began finding other damage, all reportedly caused with a black permanent marker.

A one-way street sign at College Avenue and Union Street was tagged "313 Detroit Titans" and a passer-by told officers a group of six to eight people wearing Detroit shirts were seen walking in the area just prior to the game. "313" is an apparent reference to the area code in the Detroit area.

Two signs on Morgan Boulevard and Brown Street also were hit with Detroit graffiti, as was a sign at Union Street and Garfield Avenue.

Police also reportedly found graffiti on the door of a house in the 600 block of Union Street and on the rear bumper of a car parked in the 400 block of Locust Street.

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