NEW YORK (May. 16)
Two Jewish teenagers were arrested last week and charged in connection with last month’s anti-Semitic graffiti and swastikas daubing of apartments in one of the buildings in Co-Op City, the massive cooperative in The Bronx.
The boys, ages 14 and 15, attempted to collect from police a $3,500 reward being offered by the Co-Op’s management for information about the vandalism. The identities of the two boys were not released because of their youth, police said.
A police spokesman said the two had tried to collect the reward, saying they knew who had daubed the doors of some 51 apartments in Co-Op City. After an investigation, it was determined that the teenagers had lied to police and they were subsequently arrested.
The two youths, arrested in their apartments in Co-Op City, have been charged as juveniles with conspiracy, criminal mischief and falsely reporting a police incident. The youths are also suspects in other similar incidents dating back to November, 1983. Police said the youths described their action as a “prank.”