State Police arrest Liberty man for Burglary 3rd and Criminal Mischief 4th

 Major Joseph A. Tripodo
 Troop F Commander

The New York State Police announces the arrest of CHRISTOPHER SANTORO, age 18, Town of Liberty, for Burglary 3rd and Criminal Mischief 4th as a Hate Crime.  The arrest is subsequent to an investigation that was initiated on June 12, 2017 into damage done to the exterior and interior of buildings located at Camp Shomria on Lake Marie Rd in the Town of Liberty.  The damage included anti-Semitic graffiti. The investigation into the crime determined that the motive was based on a dislike for the religion of the owners and the occupants of the camp.

CHRISTOPHER SANTORO was arraigned on June 28, 2017 at Town of Fallsburg Justice Court, by Town Justice Ward he was remanded Sullivan County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail/bond. He is scheduled to return Town of Liberty Court July 5, 2017 at 10 a.m.

The investigation is ongoing and in conjunction with the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office, and in consultation with the State Police Hate Crimes Unit, one of the initiatives created by Governor Cuomo last year, in addition to a telephone hotline and text line to report incidents of bias and discrimination.

New Yorkers who have experienced bias or discrimination are encouraged to call the toll-free hotline at (888) 392-3644 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday or text “HATE” to 81336. Anyone who believes they have been a victim of a crime or are in immediate danger should always dial 911. The state offers a $5,000 reward to information leading to the arrest and conviction of a hate crime.