Mount Olive cops say teen vandals were drunk, not racist
MOUNT OLIVE — Two teens who had been drinking were charged with spray-painting swastikas and derogatory words Friday night, police said.
A 16-year-old boy from Budd Lake and a 16-year-old girl from Dover painted "multiple" signs, flags and vehicles in the Stedwick Village area about 10:10 p.m., police said.
Police said the teens had been drinking with Samantha K. Condon, 20, of Budd Lake.
The three were found in the parking lot along with a bottle of vodka and several cans of beer, according to Mount Olive police. Condon was found hiding behind a dumpster.
Police said the three appeared to be under the influence of alcohol and were taken into custody.
An investigation determined that while the teen spray-painted swastikas and derogatory words, the vandalism did not meet the state Attorney General’s guidelines for a bias crime as a specific group or individual was not targeted.
The teens were charged with underage possession/consumption of alcohol and criminal mischief. Condon was charged with consumption of alcohol and released pending a court hearing while the teens were released to a parent.
EDITOR'S NOTE: An earlier version of this article should have stated that Samantha K. Condon was not charged with criminal mischief and that she was not accused of committing vandalism.
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