DEER PARK, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Police are trying to track down a group of all-terrain vehicle riders who vandalized a lawn on Long Island.

The incident happened at around 3:15 p.m. on Jan. 18 on Nantucket Lane in Deer Park.

The homeowner victims’ extensive surveillance cameras caught it all. They were away when five suspects riding four ATVs destroyed the front lawn.

Video shows riders cutting doughnuts and figure-eights on the snow-covered lawn.

“It’s something unbelievable. I don’t know. He’s such a good neighbor,” one woman said.

“Who are these kids and what are the parents doing?” another woman said.

Homeowners and residents told CBS2’s Jennifer McLogan they have no idea why anyone would target their properties.

“To be honest, I really couldn’t tell you,” resident Kyle Romeo said. “Like, I don’t know, they usually come over here, sometimes they ride on the sidewalks.”

Some have seen local teens joyriding in the past.

“I don’t know what happened, but I know that I have seen them. Like the time that it snowed a few weeks back, they were coming down in the snow,” Tracy Vadakel said.

Since the suspects wore helmets and masks, police hope someone recognizes the clothing or the distinctive ATVs.

“Maybe the community should look into something for the kids to do other than being bored and riding illegally in the streets,” one homeowner said.

Police now say the same suspects may also be involved in shattering glass.

“The day before, the window to a car was smashed in at the same location,” Suffolk County Police Lt. Paul Mamay said.

Police say they hope to be able to release video of the car vandalism soon.

Suffolk County Police Crime Stoppers are offering a $5,000 reward for information that helps them find the group responsible. Tips can be submitted by calling 1-800-220-TIPS, using the P3 Tips app, or online at http://www.P3Tips.com.

Comments

Leave a Reply