Teen arrested after vandalizing Idle Hour for TikTok challenge


Suffolk County Police have arrested a Farmingdale teen who damaged an Oakdale building as part of a social media challenge.

A Fifth Precinct police officer was patrolling the former Dowling College property, located at 150 Idle Hour Blvd., when he observed three males walking on the property at approximately 6 p.m.

It was determined that one of the teens broke a window with a rock. The male, 18, claimed he caused the damage as part of a social media challenge targeting historic buildings. Fifth Squad detectives and Fifth Precinct Crime Section officers are investigating previous incidents of criminal mischief at the location.

Police have been conducting patrol checks of the property following community complaints.

The teen was charged with Criminal Mischief 4th Degree and issued a Field Appearance Ticket. He is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on April 10.