Update: Teens Arrested for Vandalizing New Jersey Mosque

April 24, 2004

Source: Newsday


On April 24, 2004 Newsday reported, "Three teenage boys have been charged with scrawling swastikas and other graffiti on a mosque under construction in Ocean County. Dover Township Police Chief Michael G. Mastronardy said the trio _ two 14-year-olds and a 16-year-old _ told police that boredom drove them to vandalize the future home of the Islamic Center of Ocean County a week ago. The youths were arrested Friday, the same day state officials announced a bias crime investigation into the vandalism and four prior reports of damage done to the two-story, 10,000-square-foot mosque. Police said the teens broke into the building and punched holes in walls. They also marked doors with graffiti, including 'Hail Hitler,' a misspelling of a spoken salute to the infamous Nazi dictator, Adolf Hitler.