Liberty, NY – A Sullivan County teenager is under arrest for hate crimes after vandalizing buildings at a Liberty summer camp.
New York State Police said that 18 year old Christopher Santoro was motivated by anti-Semitism when he damaged multiple buildings at Camp Shomria.
The camp, a project of Hashomer Hatzair which describes itself as “a kibbutz in the Catskills”, is located on Lake Marie Road just south of Route 52.
Authorities said that Santoro, a Liberty resident, entered the camp on June 12th, and vandalized both the exterior and interior of multiple buildings. The damage also included anti-Semitic graffiti.
A police investigation revealed the Santoro was motivated by a dislike of the camp’s owners and those who attended the camp. Camp Shomria starts its summer season in three days.
Santoro was arraigned on Wednesday in the Town of Fallsburg Justice Court and was charged with burglary in the third degree and criminal mischief in the fourth degree as a hate crime. He was remanded to the Sullivan County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail and is due back in court on July 5th.
The Sullivan County Sheriff’s office is continuing its investigation of the incident in conjunction with the State Police Hate Crimes Unit.