Man charged with breaking over 80 windows at elementary school in Norwood Park

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CHICAGO — A man has been charged after he allegedly broke multiple windows at a school on Chicago’s Northwest Side.

According to police, Michael Mangan, 36, broke over 80 windows at Beard Elementary School, located at 6445 W. Strong Street in Norwood Park, with a golf club around 2:10 a.m. Wednesday.

Michael Mangan, 36 (Chicago police)

Officers responding to a report of criminal damage spotted him, and captured him after a brief foot chase.

Mangan was arrested on a felony charge of criminal damage to property and was scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday afternoon.

It appears that nothing was stolen from the school.

Here is a letter that was sent to the school commiunity:

Dear Beard Family,

I need to share some disappointing news with you.   We learned that overnight, our school was a target of a serious act of vandalism.  At approximately 2:00am, an individual broke a significant number of windows at the school.  Chicago Police immediately responded and were able to take the individual into custody.  It appears that nothing was taken from the school and the only physical damage appears to be to the windows. 

I have had so many people reach out to offer help and wanted to say thank you.    At this time, I am working with CPS Safety and Security, CPS Facilities and Aramark and have the situation under control.  Clean up is under way and we will get the school back to its beautiful self in no time.  We will let everyone know when they can come back to the school for retrieval of items.  Stay safe, 

Manda M. Lukic, Principal of  Beard School

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