EDWARDSVILLE — Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons announced charges have been filed against a 22-year-old Edwardsville man in a string of graffiti damages to seven locations in Edwardsville.
Alexander J. Phelps is facing eight felony charges following the investigation of several reports of graffiti in the Edwardsville area.
“I hope these charges and the defendant’s arrest serve as a warning to anyone else considering defacing public and private property: the defacement and destruction of property is a serious offense,” Gibbons said. “Vandalism of any type will not be tolerated in Madison County.”
Phelps faces two counts of criminal damage to government-supported property, a Class 3 felony, in reference to graffiti on the Illinois Department of Transportation rest stop building adjacent to northbound Interstate 55 at mile maker 24 and the bridge in the 1100 block of St. Louis Street in Edwardsville. Phelps also faces five counts of criminal damage to property over $300, a Class 4 felony, in reference to graffiti damages on buildings at 222 East Park Ave., 112 E. Vandalia, 101 E. Vandalia, 113 Plaza Court and 1201 N. Main St. in the downtown Edwardsville area. Phelps also has been charged with one count of burglary, a Class 2 felony, for his involvement in a theft at 1201 N. Main St.
These felony charges were filed following an ongoing investigation by the Edwardsville Police Department that began June 17 in response to reports of graffiti on several businesses in downtown Edwardsville. During the course of the investigation, detectives located a social media account that had posted images documenting the graffiti. Investigators learned of Phelps’ involvement in the graffiti and, after executing a search warrant for his cellphone, confirmed Phelps was responsible for vandalizing the locations.
Gibbons thanked the Edwardsville Police Department for their hard work in solving this case.
Maximum penalty range for a Class 2 felony is 3-7 years in prison, and 2-5 years for a Class 3 felony. Phelps also faces a penalty of 1-3 years in prison for the Class 4 felony.
Phelps was taken into custody at the Madison County Jail in Edwardsville, where he is being held on $100,000 bond.