Cops: 2 teens arrested in menorah vandalism

Paul Weber, of the Ronkonkoma Chamber of Commerce,

Paul Weber, of the Ronkonkoma Chamber of Commerce, tries to fix a damaged Menorah inside the Raynor County Park on Ronkonkoma Avenue in Ronkonkoma, N.Y. Police are investigating the incident as a hate crime. (Dec. 3, 2013) Photo Credit: James Carbone

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Two teenagers were arrested Wednesday in connection with the vandalism of a menorah in Ronkonkoma, Suffolk police said.

Hate Crimes Unit detectives charged the two 15-year-old Lake Ronkonkoma boys with fourth-degree criminal mischief two days after another officer discovered the damaged menorah standing in Raynor County Park on Monday.

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The suspects, whose names were withheld because they are minors, were issued field appearance tickets and released to their parents. They will appear in Family Court in Central Islip at a later date.

The arrests come a day after the menorah was repaired in time to be lit in observance of the eight-day Hanukkah holiday.

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