_estern loses another letter ‘W’ stolen from frequently vandalized sign


File Photo

Nicholas Ebelhack

The Western Illinois University sign was vandalized again last weekend, after it was reported that the “W” on the left side of the sign was stolen at 4:55 a.m. on Oct. 16.

According to an Office of Public Safety (OPS) campus crime report, “an individual reported at Mowbray Hall that the letter ‘W,’ valued at $700 (estimate), was missing from the grand entrance sign at Lafayette Street/University Drive. The theft is under investigation.”

The sign was previously vandalized prior to the start of the semester when the letters I, L and L were stolen from “Illinois” and the T was stolen from “University.” Those letters were recovered on Aug. 12.

According to Darcie Shinberger from University Relations statement, OPS is currently looking for any information regarding the stolen letter.

“We hope someone will come forward with information regarding the person or persons responsible for vandalizing the grand entrance sign,” Shinberger said. “A Crimestoppers tip actually led to the August arrest of three nonstudents in connection with the theft of three letters from the sign on Aug. 9.”

According to the statement information pertaining to the crime can be reported to OPS at (309) 298-1949 or to the Macomb Area Crime Stoppers at (309) 836-3222.