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Report: Vandals Made Off With 9/11 Memorial Plaque

Surveillance Footage Shows A Group Of Teenagers At The Site
Suffolk County Police Cruiser (file / credit: Mike Xirinachs / WCBS 880)

Suffolk County police cruiser (file / credit: Mike Xirinachs / WCBS 880)

NEW YORK(CBSNewYork) — The search is on for a September 11 memorial that was stolen from baseball field on Long Island.

The plaque was stolen two weeks from a memorial near a field used by the Connetquot Youth Association’s Little League teams, Newsday reported.

Association President Stephen Smith told Newsday that they have dealt with vandalism in the past, but that this incident was over-the-top.

“We’ve had garbage cans turned over and that sort of vandalism in the past, but this is something that’s really not right,” he said,”It’s a Sept 11 memorial.”

The plaque honors former Connetquot Little League Baseball coach and FDNY firefighter William J. Mahoney Jr. Mahoney was a member of Rescue 4 from Queens and was killed in the September 11, 2001 attack.

Surveillance video of the incident shows a group of teenagers vandalizing the area on July 5, Newsday reported. On July 6 youth group volunteers found the plaque and several flags missing.

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