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Juveniles Charged in Connection with Islamic Center Vandalism

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NEWARK, Del.- A joint investigation by the Delaware State Police and the FBI into vandalism at the Islamic Society of Delaware has resulted in the arrests of three juveniles.
 
The investigation began on Oct. 25 when troopers say they responded to a criminal mischief complaint at the property at 28 Salem Church Road in Newark. Sometime overnight, police say, a vinyl fence was broken into several pieces, a wooden sign knocked down, and a LED message sign hit with an unknown object, breaking the sign.
 
On Monday, police say two concerned citizens came forward with information about juveniles who may have committed the vandalism. As a result of that information, troopers and FBI agents took three 16-year-old Newark males into custody.
 
"After a thorough and comprehensive investigation by the Delaware State Police and the FBI, there was no conclusive evidence to show that this act of vandalism was directed, targeted, or focused towards the Islamic Society of Delaware because of its religious affiliation or intended to intimidate the Islamic community," said Sgt. Paul G. Shavack, a DSP spokesman. "We have determined that it was a random act of vandalism, and have no evidence at this time to support classification as a hate crime."
 
Troopers charged each with one count of criminal mischief over $5,000, and second-degree conspiracy, both felonies. One defendant was released on $4,000 unsecured bond and another defendant was released on $2,000 unsecured bond. The third defendant was committed on $2,000 secured bond to a juvenile facility.

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