Suffolk County police on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, arrested two...

Suffolk County police on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, arrested two teens for causing approximately $23,000 in damage to a parked vehicle in Hauppauge in August. Credit: SCPD

Suffolk police on Tuesday arrested two teenagers and charged them with busting up a vehicle parked in Hauppauge in August, including etching a swastika into its exterior.

The estimated cost of the damage is $23,000.

Hate Crimes Unit detectives said Apostolos Calamara, 17, of Green Street in Hauppauge and a 15-year-old youth used a stolen handicap sign and wooden pole to break the windows and dent the exterior of a 2012 Mercedes Sprinter van parked at 400 East Rabro Dr.

Their attorneys could not be reached for comment.

The incident occurred in late August, police said. The suspects also carved a swastika into the vehicle, but police said they were not considering the event a hate crime because it was unclear whether the motive was “hate-related.”

Court records show Calamara was arraigned Tuesday at First District Court in Central Islip on a charge of second-degree criminal mischief and released on $2,500 cash bail.

The juvenile was issued an appearance ticket and released to his parents.

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The teens, who were arrested Tues. Dec. 7, 2016, used a stolen handicap sign to break windows and a wooden pole to damage the exterior of the vehicle in August. Credit: SCPD

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