Four Niskayuna teens charged in July vandalism spree

BY STEVEN COOK
Gazette Reporter

NISKAYUNA–Four Niskayuna teens went on a vandalism spree last month, damaging cars with bricks, BB guns and spray paint, authorities said. The four were arrested this week by Niskayuna police. They are accused of damaging the vehicles in late July in various parts of the town.

A police spokesman credited cooperation police received from others in the investigation. According to papers filed in court, damage from three incidents totaled more than $5,000.

The vandalism largely happened on the night of July 23 and the morning of July 24. The four are accused of using a BB rifle to shoot out the rear window of a car on Brendan Lane, causing $650 in damage. On Rosehill Boulevard, they are accused of using a knife to gouge the side of a pickup truck, causing more than $1,800 in damage.

Then on Alexis Avenue, the four also used a knife to gouge a car, causing more than $2,800 in damage, according to papers. They are also accused of spray painting a car on Ruffner Road and one on Cheshire Place.

One of the suspects, Carlos Lewis, 17, of Niskayuna, is also accused of throwing two paver bricks through a truck window on Van Antwerp Road in May, causing nearly $1,300 in damage Charged in the July incidents were Lewis, Dalton K. Goldstock, 18, Jess D. Weber, 17, and Luke M. D’Aquila, 17, all of Niskayuna.

All four face three counts of third-degree criminal mischief, felonies, along with three counts of misdemeanor conspiracy, and two counts each of making graffiti and criminal tampering. Lewis faces an added count of third-degree criminal mischief in connection with the May incident.

All four were arraigned and released to return to court later.

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Rebecca Isenhart
Rebecca Isenhart is the reporter/writer for Your Niskayuna, presented by the Daily Gazette of Schenectady.