YORKTOWN HEIGHTS – Yorktown police have uncovered new information regarding a spree of vandalism that occurred in the town last Saturday night. Authorities have added St. Mary’s Episcopal Church to the list of affected locations as the plastic menorah the church had displayed outside the building has been found forcibly toppled over.
In addition, Yorktown Chief of Police Robert Noble announced that he is collaborating with state and federal authorities to analyze a photograph that was taken of a vehicle driving away from the John C. Hart Memorial Library at 11:30 p.m. The car has been deemed “a vehicle of interest” as police believe it left the library “at or about the time of the vandalism.”
In total, six locations were defaced on the night of January 4th. Windows were smashed at the Yorktown Stage, the John C. Hart Memorial Library, the First Presbyterian Church and St. Patrick’s Old Stone Church. In addition an eight-foot tall menorah placed in Veterans Field by the Chabad of Yorktown was toppled.
The Yorktown board will be hosting leaders of their interfaith community on Tuesday, prior to their regularly scheduled meeting, to further discuss the incident.
Town Supervisor Matt Slater has thanked local law enforcement for their immediate and professional response to the situation. “Our police department has been stellar,” said Slater, who has been experiencing a tumultuous first week in office. The supervisor also thanked the towns Building and Maintenance, Highway, and Parks Department for their prompt response to the damages. Slater was proud to report that the doors and windows of the Yorktown Theater have already been repaired and that damages to the John C. Hart Library should be repaired shortly.
Chief Noble has assured the public that his officers “(are maintaining) an increased presence at our houses of worship” and that “as disgusting and hurtful as this crime on property is, no one has been injured.”
The chief has encouraged anyone with information relevant to the case to contact the Yorktown P.D. by calling 914-962-4141 or emailing them at [email protected].