Hate crime arrest made in connection to vandalism, arson in Steuben County

Sheriff Jim Allard reports the arrest of a 19-year-old Campbell resident following an investigation into multiple reports of vandalism, which contained racial epithets, as well as a complaint of arson.

Trenton Storms, 19, was arrested after investigators observed two areas of burnt grass, destroyed grave markers, spray painted signs, roadway, bridges and vehicles. Some items were spray painted with racial symbols and epithets, as well as other symbols and letters.

Investigators allege that Storms intentionally damaged property of another and did so as a hate crime.

He was charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief, as a hate crime, as well as five counts of fourth-degree criminal mischief, arson, and cemetery desecration.

Storms was released on an appearance ticket. Additional arrests are expected, according to Sheriff Allard.


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