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Drake Mandrell, William Strein arrested in connection with Huntington Village graffiti, police say

Drake Mandrell, 27, left, of Queens, and William

Drake Mandrell, 27, left, of Queens, and William Strein, 21, of East Northport, have been arrested in connection with several graffiti incidents that occurred last year in Huntington Village, Suffolk County police said. Credit: SCPD

A Queens man and two Suffolk County men have been arrested, charged with “making graffiti” that defaced and damaged at least eight buildings and at least five cars in Huntington Village in November, Suffolk County police said.

Police said Francesco Volpe, 18, of Huntington, had been arrested on Dec. 19 in connection with the incidents.

The two other suspects — Drake Mandrell, 27, of Queens, and William Strein, 21, of East Northport — were arrested later.

Mandrell was arrested Thursday; Strein, on Jan. 21.

Police said Mandrell and Strein each were charged with six counts of criminal mischief and six counts of making graffiti. Volpe was charged with three counts of each.

Police said that the arrests were made following an “extensive area canvass,” as well as a review of area surveillance recordings and anonymous tips. The incidents involve the spray-painting — or tagging — of at least five cars and the defacing of at least eight buildings. All the incidents occurred on Nov. 26, police said.

The defaced buildings include:

Value Drugs, New York Avenue; Classic Galleries, Stewart Avenue; Gold Coast Lobsters, Stewart Avenue; Nassau X-Ray Corp., Stewart Avenue; Bravo Nader, Union Place; IMS Online Inc., Union Place; Stop & Shop, Wall Street; and a building under construction on Stewart Avenue.

All three suspects are scheduled for arraignment in First District Court in Central Islip at a later date.

Police said their investigation remains ongoing and ask anyone with knowledge or information about any other incidents connected to the three to call the Second Precinct at 631-854-8226 or Crime Stoppers at 800-220-8477. All calls will remain confidential.


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