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Cops: ‘MS-13’ graffiti found on bathroom door in Peconic

A Southold Town custodian contacted police last Monday after he found graffiti with a gang’s name on a door in the boys’ bathroom at Tasker Park on Peconic Lane in Peconic, according to a Southold Town police report.

“MS-13” was written in pen, “Mexico for life Homie” was written in marker and “KOOG” was etched into the door, officials said. The total damage was $10, the report states. The employee also notified his supervisor about the incident, police said.

On Wednesday, Supervisor Scott Russell said the graffiti was first discovered in November. At the time, it was cataloged and photographed, he said, and the images were sent to the Suffolk County Gang Task Force. “It was determined that it wasn’t drawn by gang members, but by vandals with no connection to gangs,” he said.

Mr. Russell said he’ll contact the town’s Department of Public Works to find out why the graffiti wasn’t painted over sooner. “It will be painted over shortly,” he said.

Editor’s note: This story was updated Wednesday to reflect the town supervisor’s comment.

Photo: Public bathrooms at Tasker Park in Peconic on Tuesday. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)