Police make quick arrest in swastika graffiti case

Police make quick arrest in swastika graffiti case

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Christopher Collins mugshot from SCPD

Police have arrested a teenager for a hate crime after he allegedly painted swastikas and other graffiti all over his North Shore neighborhood.

After responding on the morning of Jan. 15 to a 911 call of graffiti on two vehicles on Clio Road in Rocky Point, one of which was a Bobcat, patrol officers found even more graffiti in the surrounding area, including swastikas, according to the Suffolk County Police Department.

Swastikas were spray painted on a house and a retaining wall on Garden Road, police said, and there was graffiti on a house on Locust Drive, as well as on streets signs on both Locust and Clio Road.

All of those properties are on roads in Rocky Point that are adjacent to one another.

Detectives from the Hate Crimes Unit began investigating the case and after canvassing the area, arrested 18-year-old Christopher Collins, of nearby Freya Road, that same afternoon.

Police said Collins has been charged with two counts of first-degree aggravated harassment and five counts of making graffiti.

Attorney information for the defendant was not available.