Naperville Police Make Arrest in String of Graffiti Incidents

In September and October of this year, the City of Naperville fell victim to a rash of graffiti incidents in which an offender drew the word “SMILZ” in spray paint or paint marker on numerous buildings, fences, and electrical boxes around town. In all, there were close to 50 locations tagged, resulting in approximate cost of over $5,000 to remove and repair the damage caused by the graffiti.

Video surveillance of some of the impacted locations led to the identification of a suspect, who was located by police in late October in possession of the associated tools used for graffiti. After further investigation by the Naperville Police Department Investigations Division, that subject, Marcion Carrington, 18, of the 600 block of Station Blvd., Aurora, was arrested on Dec. 7, 2021 and charged with one felony count of Criminal Defacement to Property.

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If anyone witnessed any of these graffiti incidents or has any additional information regarding this investigation, they are encouraged to contact the Naperville Police Department at (630) 420-6665 and ask for the Investigations Division.

The Naperville Police wish to remind the public and the news media that a charge is merely an accusation, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.


About Naperville: Located 28 miles west of Chicago, Naperville, Ill., is home to approximately 145,000 people. This vibrant, thriving city consistently ranks as a top community in the nation in which to live, raise children and retire. The city is home to acclaimed public and parochial schools, the best public library system in the country, an array of healthcare options and an exceptionally low crime rate. Naperville has ready access to a variety of public transportation, housing and employment options. The city’s diversified employer base features high technology firms, retailers and factories, as well as small and home-based businesses. Residents also enjoy world-class parks, diverse worship options, the opportunity to serve on several City boards and commissions, a thriving downtown shopping and dining area, a renowned outdoor history museum known as Naper Settlement and an active civic community. For more information, please visit our website at www.naperville.il.us.