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Mar 4, 2014 11:13 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Police Arrest Three For Vandalizing Hampton Bays Buildings

Mar 5, 2014 11:26 AM

A man and two teenage boys were arrested by Southampton Town Police last week after detectives said they vandalized a number of vacant buildings and structures throughout Hampton Bays.

Joseph Corr, 23, of Hampton Bays was arrested on February 25 and charged with one count of making graffiti, a misdemeanor, while two boys, ages 16 and 17, both from Hampton Bays as well, were arrested the following day and charged with multiple counts of the same charge, according to police.

Police said the two teens spray-painted their respective “tags”—signature drawings or words that are identifiable for each graffiti artist—on buildings and structures in the hamlet over the past several months, including the United Artists movie theater complex, the North Road Long Island Rail Road overpass, and the Gravel Hill Road-Montauk Highway train underpass. Police said they also targeted the former Canoe Place Inn building, the old One North Steakhouse building, the former Altenkirk’s building, the Liggett’s shopping complex, the Verizon building on Gravel Hill Road, and the former Getty gas station at the intersection of Good Ground and Springville roads.

The 17-year-old was charged with 10 counts of making graffiti for repeatedly spray-painting the words “look” and “tNo,” according to police, while the 16-year-old used the tags “Rome” and “Romer” and was charged with eight counts of making graffiti and one count of unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation.

Police said Mr. Corr spray-painted the words “Nieve” and “J-Snow” on the former Three Aces Restaurant building on Montauk Highway, which is the future site of Good Ground Restaurant, in August.

Town Police Detective Sergeant Lisa Costa wrote in a press release that increased incidents of graffiti across the town, particularly in Hampton Bays, have alarmed residents and spurred an investigation, which led to the arrests. The release did not include photographs of the graffiti as Det. Sgt. Costa noted that “graffiti vandals consider it a major achievement to have their tag or work appear anywhere in the media, in videos, television, or any other public forum.”

Two additional reports of graffiti were made to police on February 27. The owner of the former Getty gas station building reported that someone spray-painted the tag “tipsy” on the west side of his building on February 22. The second incident was reported by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police that someone spray-painted the tags “LCECSR” and “GEtipsay” along with a stenciled black panda bear on the LIRR overpass near West Tiana Road and Montauk Highway on February 26. Both these incidents are still under investigation.

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Good this is not gangland spray paint your own house
By bigblue84 (89), Hampton Bays on Mar 4, 14 3:54 PM
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Great work, SHT PD Graffiti is a major blight on our community.
By Brad (28), Northampton on Mar 5, 14 9:33 AM