On Nov. 2, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Central Dispatch received a call about a social media post showing graffiti on a lean-to on State lands at Hunter Mountain, in the town of Lexington, Greene County.
Forest Rangers Fox and Dawson began an investigation with DEC’s Bureau of Environmental Crimes Investigation (BECI).
Lt. Pachan and Ranger Dawson reported that on Nov. 4 they received information that the suspect was currently at the John Robb lean-to attempting to clean up the graffiti.
Rangers Fox and Dawson responded to the scene and notified BECI investigators. The Rangers say they learned that the subject drove up the mountain on Hunter ski resort roads and got stuck in a snowbank at the top of the Kaatskill Flyer chairlift.
The 39-year-old Brooklyn man was arrested and transported to the New York State Police (NYSP) barracks in Hunter. He was charged with a Class A misdemeanor for making graffiti and violations for defacing rock and natural materials on state land and defacing a DEC structure.
The suspect is due back in court on Dec. 15.
Photos provided by DEC: Graffiti at John Robb lean-to and the lean-to graffiti after it was cleaned by Rangers (according to DEC).