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Vandal Strikes 3rd Chicago Parking Garage in as Many Days: Police

More than a dozen cars inside a parking garage in Chicago's Loop were damaged early Thursday, according to police, marking the third incident of similar vandalism in as many days.

Authorities said the latest incident took place at around 12:47 a.m. at a parking garage in the 0-100 block of East Adams Street.

Approximately 17 vehicles on different floors of the 12-story parking garage were damaged when a rock was thrown through the back windshield of each car, Chicago police said. Nothing was reported stolen from any of the vehicles, according to police.

One victim said he was parked on the eighth floor of the garage overnight, and found his rear window smashed when he returned to his car after work.

"I said, 'Something doesn’t seem right,'" said Wynn East. "I saw the back flap up a little bit. I walked around and sure enough, somebody had thrown a brick through the back of my window."

No one is in custody in connection with the vandalism, officials said, adding that it was possibly linked to a similar incident that took place on Tuesday evening.

Chicago police put out an alert Wednesday afternoon for two similar crimes at parking garages in the Loop the day before. The first took place at around 6:15 p.m. in the 300 block of South Franklin Street, and the second about an hour later in the 100 block of West Madison Street.

At the garage on Franklin Street, near Willis Tower, police said a total of 24 vehicles parked on multiple floors were all damaged in the same manner, with a rock thrown through the rear window of each car.

No one is in custody in connection with any of the three incidents, according to Chicago police, who shared a surveillance photo of a suspect they described as an African-American male between the ages of 30 and 35 and standing at about 5'8" and weighing 180 pounds.

Police also issued a warning to keep the perimeter of your property well lit and to update security video equipment, as well as keeping doors and windows secured and to report any suspicious activity. If you are a victim of vandalism, authorities also asked that you call police immediately and do not touch anything from the scene until officers arrive.

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