MIDDLE ISLAND, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — It was a prank but police said it was no joke.

Four teenagers are accused of opening at least 26 fire hydrants in Coram and Middle Island over the past month.

“There are others that we were unable to connect any of these individuals to with enough evidence to send it to court but it is our belief that they also did some of them,” Lt. Michael Murphy told 1010 WINS.

Suffolk County water officials said the typical hydrant can release more than 2,000 gallons of water per minute. Some hydrants remained open for hours causing flooding on roads and properties.

Police estimate a minimum of 250,000 gallons of water were lost due to the hydrant tampering.

“A gallon of water is rather inexpensive in Suffolk County,” Murphy said. “The bigger issue is the safety issue. You open up three or four fire hydrants for an hour, the water pressure is going to drop if there is a fire hazard.”

Murphy said on one night after several hydrants were opened, the Rocky Point water tower the level dropped 27 feet.

The suspects have been arrested and charged with criminal tampering.

David Spoerer, 18, Rohin Baweja, 16, and Eloy Vega-Benson, 16, are due back in court in February. The fourth suspect, a juvenile, will have a future appearance date in Family Court.

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Comments (10)
  1. Annmarie says:

    I agree shouldn’t they spend more time at gilgo beach then trying to harass kids for a prank. Love the way our tax dollars are spent on top notch police work.Good job SCPD what a joke

    1. Lady Biz says:

      It’s obvious SCPD has a lot of time on their hands, if they have nothing better to do why don’t they go and patrol the Bronx

  2. who's the parent says:

    kids do stupid things

  3. Big T says:

    What they should do is open the closest hydrants to there house and then torch it oop’s no water an eye for an eye

  4. DanTe says:

    Were they were practicing for their FDNY exam?

    1. RPFD Lt. says:

      Heh. Real funny. Ret@rd.

    2. The Good Samaritan says:

      My mommy needed the wash

      The Good Samaritan has spoken

      1. The Good Samaritan says:

        Her sn-a-tch smells really bad and needs a hydrant’s water pressure.

        The Good Samaritan had smellen.

    3. DanTe says:

      Still imitating me, your superior, I see. Just goes to show how much of a pathetic nobody you are. As I have suggested before: Have you tried Suicide? I hear it helps for people like you. I’m actually kind of flattered that you’re imitating DanTe as opposed to GOD. I’m better than GOD for the likes of you, huh?

  5. The Good Samaritan says:

    Why are the photos of these 16 year olds being printed.
    Arent they minors.

    The Good Samaritan is angered but has spoken.

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