Updated 06/15/2012 03:49 PM
Four teens arrested in Hoosic Valley vandalism case
Four teenagers have been arrested and charged in connection to racial slurs written on the track at Hoosic Valley High School. They answered to a judge Friday. Our Erin Connolly was at Hoosic Valley High School with more on the arrests.
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RENSSELAER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Four teens have been charged in connection to the vandalism at Hoosick Valley High School earlier this week.
Three boys and one girl turned themselves into police Friday morning with their parents. They were then taken to Schagitcoke Town Court.
Casey Lee, 17, Dylan Justus, 18, Bret St. Onge, 19, and James Harley, 17, all entered not guilty pleas. They have all been charged with felony criminal mischief in the second degree as a hate crime, conspiracy to commit that crime, violation of trespass for being on school grounds and making graffiti.
Investigators say on Monday around 9:45 p.m., the four spray painted swastikas and other derogatory words and racial slurs at Hoosic Valley High School. Damage at the school is estimated at more than $5,000.
"It doesn't make any sense to me. I don't see the pleasure they get in doing something like this. I don't think realize the severity of what they were doing at the time. I'm sure it is all sinking in now,” said Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Investigator Shane Holcomb.
Investigators say they were able to track the teens down using surveillance video from the school and by conducting interviews. All four were released and their next court date is July 2nd.