Long Island's Mercy First Facility to Close Foster Program After Teen Burglary Arrests

A troubled Long Island residential foster care program is closing down after five teenagers housed at the facility were arrested for smash-and-grab burglaries.

Syosset’s Mercy First did not say how many children the closure would impact, and did not provide a timeline for closing, only that they are trying to move them as quickly as possible. The New York State Department of Social Services will be finding the children new homes.

Mercy First also announced the teens who were arrested were removed from the facility. The teenagers, each between the ages of 14 and 16, faced charges after window-smashing break-ins at a dozen Syosset businesses on June 7, according

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