By Chris Mellides
Four John Glenn High School students were responsible for tearing up the soccer fields at the Northport Soccer Complex last month, Suffolk police said
The students were arrested Wednesday for cutting circles in separate vehicles on the fields sometime between Sept. 11 at 9 p.m. and Sept. 12 at 7 a.m., causing $10,000 in damage.
The suspects, all 17 years old, were identified by police as Nicholas Collins, of Greenlawn, Eric Lamay, of Greenlawn, Julius Dimino, of East Northport, and Michael Plackis, of East Northport.
Det. Sgt. James Scimone of the Second Precinct said one of the suspects has admitted to taking part in the crime. Scimone said they are all students of John Glenn High School and that each had turned themselves in.
Jen McGraw, director of the Northport Cow Harbor United Soccer Club, which leases the field from LIPA, said she is “very happy that the people have been found.”
“Obviously, there’s a lesson to be learned. We need to take our community property very seriously and understand the ramifications of damaging it due to poor judgment,” she added. “I think it was obviously poor judgment, of course nobody meant to hurt anybody, but the damage that it did to our soccer club was significant.”
The suspects were charged with second-degree criminal mischief, a D felony, and are scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday at First District Court in Central Islip.