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Police seek leads on menorah vandalism

Even with a surveillance videotape of the incident, Suffolk County police are still looking for three youths who "wrestled and twisted" a menorah display to the ground at a Holbrook drug store earlier this month.

About $2,000 worth of damage was done to the display on Dec. 4, and the police hate crimes section says it was the first of three such incidents reported to them this month.

No one has been arrested in the other two incidents, police said.In the Dec. 14 incident, the men, believed to be between ages 17 and 23, vandalized an 11-foot aluminum menorah at Friendly Drugs, 1036 Main St., police said, after lingering outside the building to make sure they were not being watched.

The next weekend, Dec. 11 to 13, two more menorah displays were damaged -- one in Ronkonkoma, the other in Seatauket.

The Ronkonkoma menorah was at the entrance to Raynor Beach County Park. In that incident, which police believe to have happened Dec. 12 between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., the menorah's base was broken and left lying on the ground.

In Setauket, a menorah at the intersection of Main Street and Old Field Road disappeared sometime between the night of Dec. 11 and the morning of Dec. 12, police said.

Chabad of Stony Brook searched the area and found the damaged menorah at the bottom of adjacent Setauket Mill Pond.

Anyone with information about the incidents are asked to call Crime Stoppers, 800-220-8477.

All calls are confidential, and tipsters are eligible for a cash reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest, police said.

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