A Riverhead recycling facility, which recycles scrap metal among other materials, was vandalized earlier this week, causing more than $16,000 in damage during the overnight hours on Tuesday, Riverhead Town police said.
Sometime between 10 p.m. Tuesday and 4 a.m. Wednesday, a conveyer belt was cut at the Youngs Avenue facility, which was valued at about $10,000 and used in an outside sorting plant, according to a report.
Police said an electrical panel, valued at about $5,000, and the windshields of three pieces of construction equipment, were also damaged, and about $2,500 worth of scrap metal was stolen from the facility.
The perpetrators stand to face at least two felony charges, including fourth-degree grand larceny and second-degree criminal mischief if caught.
Detectives are investigating.