Gang Members Go 'CRZY' on the Graffiti

Upside down crowns and pitchforks found all over Oak Lawn parks and neighborhood, according to police reports.


Fresh gang graffiti—and some old—was found in Oak Lawn's western neighborhoods between Oct. 6 and Oct. 11, Oak Lawn police reports said.

Upside-down crowns and pitchforks dissing the Latin Kings and Satan’s Disciples dotted garages on Melvina and and Moody Avenues, and in Columbus Manor and Centennial Parks.

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At 8:53 a.m. Oct. 6, someone spray-painted black graffiti on an overhead garage door on the 9800 block of South Melvina Avenue, that included an upside-down three-point crown. The homeowner told police she did not see or hear anything overnight and was certain the graffiti was not on her garage before going to bed the night before, police said.

Other graffiti left on the garage included “52N” and “Smiley,” possibly indicating a Krazy Get Down Boys or Ambrose street gang affiliation, according to the Chicago Crime Commission Gang Book. Both gangs are allies and active in the southwest suburbs.

Similar graffiti was found at another address in the 9800 block of South Melvina Avenue; a garage in the 9800 block of South Moody Avenue; and a garage on Oak Lawn Park District property at 9400 S. Oak Park Ave.

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Another homeowner told police the garage in the 9800 block of South Moody belonged to a vacant home adjacent to his own property. The graffiti included 5-2, “CRZY,” “MAC-MAN,” Smiley, Trigga, an upside down crown with and upside down pitchfork.

Around 10:48 a.m., Oct. 7, “52,” “Crzy” and “Smiley” hit Columbus Manor Park at 9953 S. Moody Ave. The gang symbols were spray-painted in black on a backboard in the basketball court. A wooden bench was also broken.

Latin King-gang graffiti was discovered scratched and etched in marker on playground equipment at Centennial Park, 9401 S. Oak Park Ave. on Oct. 11. Police said the graffiti appeared to have been there for while.  


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Lorraine Swanson October 18, 2012 at 04:31 AM
Why thank you, 91st guy. I know OLPD reads this. If you know anything too about the robbery attempt on the Sam's Club in Evergreen Park on May 5, 2012, there's a $10K award. I'm happy to be your go-between. Email me about any of this at lorraine.swanson@patch.com. Thanks for contributing :)
Michele Grogan October 19, 2012 at 04:57 AM
The home on 98th & melvina was my Aunts garage:-/ Its terrible too much gang activity creepin in our neighborhoods, it a shame..
91st guy October 19, 2012 at 05:09 AM
Your welcome, I just hope they dont track me down for questions because i am not involved in anything crime related. I also have no idea about the robbery, i know about the teenager stuff not the major stuff.
RALPH MALPH October 21, 2012 at 01:46 AM
stop the busing and get rid of all outdoor basketball courts , before all the good people pack up and laeve oak lawn . the same problems that are happening in oak lawn are the exact same problems that my parents moved myself and brothers away from when we were kids . we moved to oak lawn almost 30years ago , still live here , hope i never have to leave . i drive through my old neighborhood and it makes me sick . i hope oak lawn never turns into that , but it really looks like it is going to , sooner or later .
Southsidegirl1221 October 21, 2012 at 05:27 AM
Yes smiley is Greg Thomas... Hope this helps the Oak Lawn police, he used to go by smiley and now he is troubles. He is schizophrenic and dangerous he is from Nottingham Park and I do not know who he's staying with on 52nd but they need to do what they did with the Flamm family on 98th and McVicker a few years back to get these people out


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