Vandals are caught on camera penetrating into the nature reserve, opening cages, harassing animals and forcing a goat to drink beer from a bottle
- The Long Island authorities are looking for four vandals who broke into a nature reserve and harassed the animals inside
- The men captured themselves while holding up a beer bottle for a goat to drink from
- Their actions were captured on a hidden course camera, which they tried to destroy
- Keepers found the camera in a pond and found the images
- The vandals can be confronted with charges, including criminal mischief and animal abuse
Authorities are looking for vandals that have damaged a nature reserve on Long Island and have harassed the animals. At one point they forced a goat to drink beer from a bottle.
Smithtown Public Safety Park Ranger Special Operations Team Division seeks help finding the four men who entered the Sweetbriar Nature Preserve in Smithtown, Long Island, and damaged it after hours in February.
On the site, where about 100 animals live, the men reportedly opened cages, climbed into a pig coop and intimidated the residents of the domain.
The Long Island authorities are looking for four vandals that broke into a nature reserve. The men reportedly opened cages and picked themselves up to force a goat to drink a beer (pictured)
The vandals also picked up a beer bottle so that a goat could drink, News 12 Long Island reported.
Sweetbriar Nature Center director Janine Bendicksen told CBS New York that they & # 39; furious and disgusted & # 39; was by the actions of the vandals.
Sweetbriar Nature Center director Janine Bendicksen said she & # 39; furious and disgusting & # 39; was by the actions of the vandals
Nature reserve officials said the vandals' actions were captured that night by a hidden trail camera, which they found and then tried to destroy by throwing it into a pond on the grounds.
In the surveillance video obtained by CBS New York, one of the men can be heard who says: & # 39; Just take the whole (expletive) thing & # 39; while another man says: & # 39; I throw it in the water. Do not worry. & # 39;
The men appeared to have no cause for concern until last week, when a routine water quality check of the pond led a resident to find the camera in the water and restore the surveillance video, even thought the camera's memory card had been corroded .
The authorities have released these still images of the vandals from the surveillance images and have asked people for help in identifying the men
The authorities have released a surveillance video of the four men from inside the nature reserve. A hidden trail camera caught them entering animal cages and opening cages
The men eventually discovered the trail camera and tried to destroy it by throwing it into a pond. Employees found the hidden camera last week and were able to restore the footage
The goat believed that he saw the men forcing them to drink from a beer bottle
The pond where workers discovered the surveillance camera trying to destroy the vandals. Employees were able to recover images from the contaminated memory card
& # 39; Oh, they certainly thought they could get away with it & # 39 ;, Sweetbriar Nature Center director Janine Bendicksen told CBS New York, adding that & # 39; # 39 ;.
The people seen in the video camera footage can be charged with criminal mischief, petty deception and animal abuse.
Anyone with information about the identity of the suspects is asked to call the Smithtown Department of Public Safety at 631-360-7553.
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