NORTH AMITYVILLE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Suffolk County Police arrested two Lindenhurst men who, they say, spray-painted the exterior of a building that houses the Farmingdale First Baptist Church in North Amityville.

Police say a caller reported two men spray painting an exterior wall at approximately 12:50 p.m. First Precinct Officers James Knoblach and Eric Dennis responded to 51 East St. and found the building tagged with “SOP” and “Shake” on its side.

The suspects fled on foot but were arrested a short time later.

After an investigation by the Graffiti Task Force, 19-year-old Steven Yurcak and 18-year-old Jake Matthews were charged with criminal mischief and making graffiti.

Police say the suspects claimed they did not know the building housed a church. They will be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on January 1.

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