Teens Arrested in Levittown Pools Vandalism

Nassau County Police report the arrests of five teenagers who they say are responsible for the vandalism of seven Levittown pools. 

On August 20, an employee of the Town of Hempstead told police that someone had poured black crushed rubber into seven of the local pools between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m.

Police said the following pools sustained damage in that incident: Slate Lane Pool, Acorn Lane Pool, Bluegrass Lane Pool, North Village Green Pool, Azalea Road Pool, East Village Green Pool and West Village Green Pool.

Police announced early Monday morning the arrests of Courteny Erin Kelly, 17, James Slattery, 17, Alexander Maher, 17, and two male juveniles ages 14 and 15, all from Levittown.  

Kelly is charged with third degree criminal mischief and was arraigned in First District Court, Hempstead on September 2. 

Slattery, Maher and the two juveniles are each charged with third degree criminal tampering and reckless endangerment of property.

Slattery was released on an appearance ticket and was arraigned in First District Court, Hempstead on September 13, while Maher was released on an appearance ticket and will respond for arraignment in First District Court, Hempstead on October 1. 

The juveniles were released to a third party. The 14-year-old responded to Family Court on September 13 and the 15 year old is due to respond to Family Court on September 17. 

Related: Suspects Poured Black Crushed Rubber into Levittown Pools
Big Man September 16, 2013 at 11:26 AM
What were the parents doing while the kids were being criminals between 1am and 5am? Both the parents and the kids should be taught a lesson. Too many parents want to be their kids friends,,,,,MAN THE HELL UP AND BE A PARENT to your kids. Don't let them out after 10pm and teach them respect and common decency. Another reason I am getting the hell out of NY,,,,,,too far gone.
Mickey September 16, 2013 at 11:52 AM
Kids do stupid things!! I hope that these 5 will learn a lesson that may save them from becoming hard core criminals. It sure seems to be the path they are on. Come on parents... get a grip on your kids... teach them a lesson and learn some BASIC parenting skills. THAT is YOUR #1 JOB! And Big Man... I think the parents will learn a lesson when it comes time to pay up for the damage and the attorneys fees they will now be paying for. Let's just hope it sinks in!!
Nancy K. Neenan September 16, 2013 at 12:15 PM
Unfortunately kids are amazingly sneaky (as were we all or most) my son was having a backyard tent sleepover with 10 friends when they were 13-14 I was checking every 15 minutes from my upstairs deck,,,,figured I would here either of the gates even if they were careful. every so often I went down and checked the tent and counted heads. Got involved doing something and forgot time, about half hr later I went to check just as a police officer was coming to my back gate! Told him about the party and the 10 kids and he said probably only have 4-6 left Ma'm saw a few walkin g down the block...The cops were looking for 2 girls who apparently had run away. Cop said boys were just playing midnight not causing any trouble and they told him they were heading back to yard in a little while .LOL.They came back at about 2- I stayed up all night on the deck after that, At 6 they came out and called up that they were going to breakfast at fireside....I went to bed. .
Mickey September 16, 2013 at 12:37 PM
Now THAT'S what good parenting is all about Nancy!! Good for you! Listen up parents... you only get one chance to do it right!
Teresa Staab September 16, 2013 at 05:20 PM
My husband worked for the T O H for 38 years His job was the night rider who patrolled the Lev Pools This has been going on for a very long time He would have confrontations all the time with young houdlums, and was also abused by them Glass,benches and other things were thrown into the pools; all the time These kids are over indulged brats who do notappreciate that they have these pools for them, and their families enjoyment.So when they are bored and drunk they resort to this behavior. Their parents don't have the ability to discipline them and they could care less. So everyone suffers. When they have to pay for the destruction their kids have caused maybe they will take notice. Sorry to say ,I doubt ity husband has retired and it seems Life has not changed in Levittown
Nancy K. Neenan September 16, 2013 at 05:33 PM
Teresa, I am sorry your husband had to go through all that. I know my son and his friends used to "pool Hop" in the 90s, much as my friends and I did in the 60s,and those before us did same.I'm guessing they still do it, and I am hoping that my son and the majority have not caused damage,just a little fun for them ...
Nancy K. Neenan September 16, 2013 at 05:35 PM
My son (now 25) still enjoys going to the pool in the summer but as he said he's a little too old for the hopping any more, but he does think about it often...
Common sense September 16, 2013 at 09:17 PM
Hope it costs these parents upwards of 10k to defend their kids. Next time impose a curfew
Connie September 16, 2013 at 10:39 PM
It shows how these kids were raised and what parenting skills were used. Obviously these are not the best and the brightest. What was a 14 and 15 year old doing out so late with no supervision? I hope it costs the parents a fortune.
Nancy K. Neenan September 16, 2013 at 11:18 PM
Connie as I said earlier, where there's a will there's a way. Friends and I used to have a 'sleepover' and then when it got quiet upstaiers (we were in the basement) we crawled out the small basement window,got back before my folks got up and no one was the wiser..
G September 17, 2013 at 09:59 AM
As a homeowner whose house is next to one of the town pools, you may think these kids who are pool hopping are only having a little fun, but it is very annoying to have kids in the pool practically every night during the summer. They make a lot of noise and have made it very difficult at times to put my kids to sleep. This year also saw a lot of kids skinny dipping, which is great when your kids ask you why there are naked people in the pool. Not to mention when the police arrive to shoo them away and they run passed your house, and if they have been drinking, dump their beers in your yard.
Generals Fan September 17, 2013 at 10:25 AM
Gotta love those Division kids. First they burn down their bleachers, now they vandalize MacArthur's track and our community pools. Gee, I wonder why they have a bad reputation??
Mickey September 17, 2013 at 12:09 PM
G- how about next summer you have a camera ready! Take some shots of the kids at the pool (on the diving board would be a GOOD one!)or running naked down your street...and see if Patch won't post them for you!! That might just deter them... as well as giving the police some identities!
Mickey September 17, 2013 at 12:13 PM
What happened to the MacArthur track? Didn't hear about that! Did they catch the kids? Hard to say it's a DIVISION Ave. problem.... all schools have their group of trouble makers and uncontrolled kids. I thought the bleacher burning was an accident caused by some YOUNG kids- middle school kids.... not DAHS students. And I also read that they started a fire to warm up, but it got out of control and the kids ran away scared. And they told the parents what and how it happened. No??
G September 17, 2013 at 05:00 PM
I am sure that taking pictures of the kids would only result in my house being the target of pranks like egg throwing. One thing that did seem to change after the vandalism is that police seemed to take the matter seriously. It used to be that I would call and they would come about 30-45 minutes later and if the kids were still there, the officers would drive up slowly so the kids had a chance to run. The last few times I have called, they actually talked to the kids and took some names down.
Mickey September 17, 2013 at 11:31 PM
G- I was only kidding about taking naked photos of the kids.... heck, that would surely bring the police knocking on YOUR door!!
Generals Fan September 22, 2013 at 11:06 AM
@Mickey....they got the crushed rubber from MacArthur. MacArthur was replacing their track & these kids cut open the bags of crushed rubber, then poured it into the pools. All schools have their trouble makers but Division seems to have more than their fair share. My kids went to Mac & I would hear stories about Division that would curl your hair. Try going to the Tri-County parking lot after dark.
Common sense September 23, 2013 at 02:37 PM
@generals fan it's the fact that these frikken morons dragged the debris from McArthur all the way up to Wolcott rd systematically dumping into each pool as they went makes me hope that each parent has to pay 10k to defend them and then make restitution because g'dam I know I'm not paying taxes for cleanup of some sniveling snot nose punk with drunk parents handiwork, nosireee I work too hard to keep my home and street looking good to pay for that
Mickey September 23, 2013 at 08:02 PM
Patch- do you know what school these kids attend? MacArthur or Division? Or another school?
MovingtoNewZealand September 30, 2013 at 08:19 AM
Does anyone here wonder why Levittown has the negative reputation that it has? You have Mom's like Nancy who think it's cool to pool hop (Criminal Trespass-Misd.) Nancy did you ever wonder why you never made it out of Levittown?
Nancy K. Neenan September 30, 2013 at 08:52 AM
Left and returned.......
Nancy K. Neenan October 11, 2013 at 09:43 PM
New Zealand...My children have all grown up well ,and think what you will...no matter what we do or those after us do,some things will not change. Still think Levittown is a good place to grow up...
Nancy K. Neenan October 11, 2013 at 09:47 PM
AJ. have be,en to both SC and NC for my son when he graduated USMC boot camp, Left for his deployment, and returned from same.....would NEVER live anywhere but NY...
tj October 15, 2013 at 08:11 PM
boys will be boys......but those who get caught must pay the piper.....you play...you pay....ugly little kids...


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