Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 24 February 2012 00:00
Mineola was hit with such a graffiti spree recently that if one were to draw a line across a map, a slash across the village would appear. Mineola and Chaminade officials are working with local authorities to erase that slash.
Mayor Scott Strauss announced last week that Mineola, along with Chaminade High School are offering a reward for any information regarding the graffiti attacks in Mineola. He called the acts intolerable.
The Third Squad is currently investigating aggravated harassment that occurred in Mineola between Friday, Feb. 10 at 11 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 11 at 1 p.m.
“Mineola is a community of families and I’m outraged to see someone sink to such low levels and go against the grain of everything this community represents,” he said. “This was not simply a thoughtless act nor was it just about disrespecting the property of others. This type of crime is the acting out of hateful thoughts of those who have nothing but disdain for their fellow citizens.”According to detectives, offensive graffiti, including swastikas, “666” and a racist term, were spray painted in red on the walls of Chaminade High School on Jackson Avenue. A bus owned by the school was also defaced.
Police said the reference date 03/09/88-05/02/11 and swastikas were found at Memorial Park on Washington Avenue.
“We’ve been in constant contact with the Nassau County Police Department and has been assisting the hate crimes unit in every way possible,” Strauss stated.
A sign at the northeast corner of Roslyn Road and Old Country Road was found to have an orange swastika spray painted on it, according to police. The door of an apartment building on Third Avenue was spray painted with a swastika in orange and red.
“There was a graffiti mark on a white van near my house,” Mineola resident Dennis Walsh said.
Police said the word “Outlaws” was found spray painted on the wall of a Harrison Avenue building. Authorities would not confirm any leads on the investigating as of press time.
“To have someone care so little for the community we live in was totally outrageous and it’s my sincerest hope that anyone out there that knows anything about this crime will reach out to the TIPS hotline and bring this perpetrator to justice,” trustee Larry Werther said.
Orange and red swastikas were spray painted on the walls of Yamaha/Suzuki of Mineola on West Jericho Turnpike, according to police. A 1999 Dodge van was discovered with an orange swastika spray painted on it on Albertson Place.
“I ask anyone who may have knowledge of this incident to contact the authorities immediately,” Strauss said.
A 2009 BMW on Third Street was found spray painted with a swastika, police said. On Marcellus Road, a phallic symbol and a symbol resembling a pentagram were found spray painted in orange and red on a 2000 Chevrolet.
“We’re all disgusted by the events that occurred,” Trustee Paul Pereira said. “Mayor Strauss took this personally, as we all should and hopefully it will reach the conclusion of finding these perpetrators. We certainly want to put pressure because somebody knows who did this.”
According to police, a trailer generator on Main Street had swastikas and the word “Outlaw” spray painted on it in orange. The word “Outlaw” was also spray painted in orange on the wall of Tilden Brakes on Willis Avenue.
“It was a large track across the village,” trustee George Durham said. “If you know something, please call.”
The investigation is ongoing.
Detectives request anyone with information regarding these crimes to contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.