By Sally Ho, Chicago Breaking News
About 50 coin-fed parking meters were vandalized today in the three adjacent North Side neighborhoods of Andersonville, Edgewater and Uptown, according to Chicago police.
The coin slots were obstructed with an adhesive thought to be glue or putty, Police News Affairs Officer Robert Perez said. The putty is removable "if they have something to scrape it with," Perez said.
The meters have also been sprayed with silver paint. Officials are on the scene.
Police said the meters are in the 5100 block of North Clark Street, the 5000 block of North Sheridan Road, the 1000 block of West Argyle Street, the 4900 block of North Winthrop Avenue and the 4900 block of North Kenmore Avenue.
Since the city leased the parking meters to a private company earlier this year, they have been the target of controversy, with complaints of price increases, computer glitches that made some pay boxes inoperable, non-working and mismarked meters.
It was not immediately known how long it would take to affect repairs or if police would refrain from writing tickets at the damaged meters.
Update: You can read more about it (with photos) at The Parking Ticket Geek.