Teen charged for torching golf carts in Queens

A 17-year-old teen who allegedly lit golf carts on fire at a Flushing golf course was charged with arson and criminal mischief, the Queens district attorney said.

According to District Attorney Richard A. Brown, Christopher Casella, of 58th Avenue in Fresh Meadows, poured flammable liquid onto golf carts at the Kissena Park Golf Course on June 25, leading to a fire that destroyed 38 golf carts and damaged the clubhouse pro shop.

“The fire could easily have caused serious injuries to responding firefighters or any people who may have been on or around the golf course. This was no teenage prank. It is a serious crime that will be dealt with accordingly,” Brown said.

A surveillance videotape allegedly shows Casella and two accomplices climbing over a fenced-in parking area of the golf course and pouring liquid on the  golf carts. The fired caused damage totaling more than $407,000.

Casella faces 15 years in prison if convicted.

Tags: Queens , fire

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