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Bolingbrook village trustee candidate's tires slashed

Oliver calls incident ‘jarring’ less than two weeks before municipal election April 2

A candidate for Bolingbrook village trustee found her tires were slashed during the weekend.

Maripat Oliver, who is also a
DuPage Township trustee, said her husband discovered that three tires on their blue Chrysler PT Cruiser were flat and the fourth cut, but not deep enough to flatten. She said her husband had been using the car to canvass on Saturday.

Lt. Anthony Columbus of the Bolingbrook Police Department confirmed that the criminal damage to property occurred some time overnight from Saturday to Sunday. The vehicle was parked on the street near the residence. He said the matter is under investigation.

Oliver said she was shocked when her husband told her he found the tires were slashed early Sunday. While she didn’t want to make any accusations, she said all four tires being damaged must have been “a crime of passion.”

“This was a very jarring experience,” Oliver said.

Oliver said police told her that no other damage to property was found in the area that night. She commended police for taking the matter “very seriously.” She said she fears for her family’s safety after the incident.

The Bolingbrook United Party, which is running three candidates for village board, released a statement condemning the action. Oliver does not identify as a member of the Bolingbrook United Party.

“We hope ... no person would specifically target a candidate for engaging in the democratic process,”
the statement reads. “But, we are forced to accept that this may be a possibility – especially considering the hateful rhetoric we have seen aimed at Maripat throughout this election season in campaign pieces, in speeches and parroted by members of the community.”

Oliver said as of Monday morning, no one from the other party in the municipal election, the First Party for Bolingbrook, which is also affiliated with Mayor Roger Claar, had reached out to her regarding the incident. She said she would have expected Claar to make a statement condemning the act. Claar and the First Party for Bolingbrook did not immediately respond to requests for comment about the incident.

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