Police: Lake Ronkonkoma Teens Arrested for Breaking Menorah

Menorah at Ronkonkoma's Raynor County Park was damaged on Monday.

The menorah at Raynor County Park has been temporarily fixed after being damaged on Monday. Photo Credit: Michael Sorrentino
The menorah at Raynor County Park has been temporarily fixed after being damaged on Monday. Photo Credit: Michael Sorrentino

Two Lake Ronkonkoma teens were arrested Wednesday and charged with damaging a menorah at Raynor County Park on Monday, police said. 

Hate Crimes Unit detectives were able to track down the two 15-year-old males who were responsible for removing two arms from the menorah and breaking some of its bulbs, police said.  

The teens, who were not identified because of their age and were charged as juvenile delinquents, face one count of fourth degree criminal mischief and were released to their parents, police said. They will appear in court at a later date. 

The menorah was temporarily fixed in time for it to be lit for the final two nights of Hanukkah. 

"We just wanted to show whoever vandalized it that we are stronger than they are," Paul Weber, of the Ronkonkoma Chamber of Commerce, told Patch of the quick repairs. 


jane December 04, 2013 at 10:56 PM
If they did the crime then there names should be printed. .they destroyed public property why protect them they have no respect for others
Charles Clampet December 04, 2013 at 11:32 PM
We all should go to their homes, and let their neighbors and friends know it was them.
MT Poquets December 04, 2013 at 11:42 PM
good job SCPD
Kit Wilson December 05, 2013 at 06:26 AM
I think these 15 year old teens shouldn't have enough time on their hands to be able to damage ANYONES private property for ANY reason! Where is the supervision? I am certain they wouldn't like it if someone broke their game systems or cell phones. AND more importantly, we are protecting their names? So then society is enabling them! If they were old enough to do the crime, then their privacy should not be honored!
Sarah Hehn December 05, 2013 at 06:19 PM
I don't know the background of these boys but I don't think their names should be printed. It is possible they may have made a bad choice, then again maybe not, we are not privy to their home life. I do hope they are required to put in a sizeable amount of hours of community service and perhaps family counseling.
Jamie Lynn December 26, 2013 at 08:12 PM
I hope that part of their sentence is to volunteer at a local temple cleaning the grounds or doing maintenance! They should also have to pay repairs and pay back Mr. Weber for his materials and time!
Dan Sullivan January 02, 2014 at 05:49 PM
I love my teenage boys but if they did this, I would be in jail for beating the crap out of them. I know I did. Stupid Stuff but this is totally unacceptable.


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