ROCKY POINT, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A teen was arrested on Long Island Friday and charged with spray-painting swastikas onto two pieces of property in Rocky Point.
Suffolk County police Seventh Precinct patrol officers were called around 9:40 a.m. Friday, after someone discovered graffiti on a motor vehicle and a Bobcat utility vehicle on Clio Road, police said.READ MORE: Glass Bottle Attack In Chelsea Station Just The Latest Incident As Subway Crime Increases
Police also found more graffiti on the surrounding areas, including swastikas, police said.READ MORE: Racism Declared A Public Health Crisis In New York City
Hate crimes detectives launched an investigation, and identified Christopher Collins, 18, of Rocky Point, as the perpetrator, police said. He was arrested around 1:50 p.m.
Collins was accused of spray-painting swastikas on a house and a retaining wall on Garden Road in Rocky Point, and spray-painting graffiti on a house on Locust Drive and street signs on Locust Drive and Clio Road, police said.MORE NEWS: Civilian Complaint Review Board: Dozens Of NYPD Officers Should Be Disciplined For Misconduct During Black Lives Matter Protests Last Year
He was charged with two counts of first-degree aggravated harassment and one count of making graffiti.