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Temple Vandals identified and charged

 Boca Raton, FL – On Tuesday, February 16th, officers from the Boca Raton Police Services Department stopped a group of juveniles near 800 South Federal Highway.  Based on a conversation with these individuals, Officers Patterson and Adams developed information which connected the juveniles to the vandalism at Temple Beth El from the night before.

Boca Raton detectives interviewed three suspects, all of whom cooperated with investigators and admitted to their involvement in the vandalism.  These three suspects are being charged with criminal mischief, and one of them is charged with falsely pulling a fire alarm.  Under Florida law, the names of these juveniles are not being released.

The investigation is ongoing and charges, including the enhanced penalty for a hate crime, may be pending.  If anyone has information about this crime, they are asked to call Detective Scott Hanley at (561) 338-1344 or Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS.