NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — Two Long Island teens were arrested and charged with aggravated harassment after they arranged about 28 folding chairs into a giant swastika at a synagogue parking lot, Nassau County Police said.
Erik Bracamonte and Joseph Cianciulli were arrested Saturday night and Sunday morning respectively.
Police said the swastika measured about 12 feet by 12 feet. A rabbi called police when he noticed the chairs.
Detective Sergeant Stephen Zeth told 1010 WINS the teens were skateboarding near the North Shore Sephardic Synagogue in Great Neck and took the chairs from the rear area of the building’s parking lot.
Zeth said officers found one of the suspects, who admitted to being in the synagogue and arranging the chairs. From there, Zeth said, the investigation “blossomed into the arrest of another suspect.”
The incident happened around 6:30 p.m. Saturday night.
Both suspects were released on desk appearance tickets returnable on December 3 at the First District Court in Hempstead.