April 12, 2022 By Michael Dorgan
The police released video Monday of three teens who allegedly broke into an elementary school in Rego Park last month and spray-painted racial epithets on desks and other surfaces inside a number of classrooms.
The alleged vandals broke into P.S. 175, located at 64-35 102nd St., on March 26 at around 4 p.m. and spray-painted graffiti and anti-black racial slurs throughout the classrooms, police said.
The hate-filled graffiti, which was sprayed on desks and whiteboards, contained the “n-word,” according to reports.
The vandals, who broke in via a side door, also stole $100 in cash and a $150 gift card before fleeing out through the same door, police said.
The NYPD released video footage of the three suspects, which was taken shortly before they burglarized the school and vandalized the classrooms.
The three suspects are believed to be in their late teens and are all described as being of thin build with a light complexion, police said.
One suspect was wearing a black-colored hooded winter jacket, gray sweatpants, sneakers and a dark baseball cap. The second assailant was wearing a gray hoody, black sweatpants, a dark-colored baseball cap and white sneakers while the third suspect had a dark-colored jacket, dark-colored pants, dark-colored baseball cap, a white t-shirt and white sneakers.
The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating the incident.
Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at https://crimestoppers.nypdonline.org/