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Babylon pet store’s holiday display, flags trashed, owner says

Suffolk County police are looking for four men who they say trashed a holiday display and set fire to two small American flags outside a Babylon pet store. Mike Carmody, owner of Cozy Pet on Main Street in Babylon Village, said the manager came to work Saturday morning, Dec. 3, 2016 and found that a wreath had been stolen and lights damaged in an alley leading to the store's entrance. (Credit: Facebook / Cozy Pet)

Suffolk County police are looking for four men who trashed a holiday display and set fire to two small American flags outside a Babylon pet store.

Mike Carmody, owner of Cozy Pet on Main Street in Babylon Village, said the manager came to work Saturday morning and found that a wreath had been stolen and lights damaged in an alley leading to the store’s entrance.

Carmody said he and the manager reviewed surveillance footage and saw that four men entered the alley at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday. One man walks toward the wreath and removed it, damaging the lights, while two others appear to urinate and vomit in the alley, according to the footage.

A fourth man can be seen removing the flags Carmody placed in the store’s outdoor planters and setting them on fire.

“The whole disorderly thing there is almost a normal thing on a Friday or Saturday night, and, sure, property damage is frustrating, but to me an American flag is an American flag,” Carmody said, adding that he is a former police officer and has family in the military. “Once that took place, it put me over the edge.”

Carmody posted the footage on Cozy Pet’s Facebook page, asking customers for help identifying the men, and he filed a report with Suffolk County police.

A police spokeswoman confirmed the incident is being investigated. No arrests had been made as of Wednesday night.

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