It began with a girl, and ended in an 11-month-stint in prison.
So goes the story of 22-year-old Pavel Andreenko, a man police said was so overcome by jealousy against his ex-girlfriend’s new lover that he began peppering several Homecrest blocks with swastikas in the hope that cops would arrest the new boyfriend for the rash of vandalism.
But the Sheepshead Bay resident’s plan ultimately backfired mostly because he tried to encourage the investigation along by calling 911 after each swastika smearing and claiming that a man looking like his ex’s new boyfriend was responsible.
Investigators quickly discovered that all of the 911 reports were made by the same person. Once a neighborhood patrolman saw Andreenko in the area near where one of the swastikas was found and remembered him from an earlier crime he had allegedly committed, it was only a matter of time before detectives were at his doorstep.
Prosecutors said that Andreenko was arrested for spray painting seven swastikas on neighborhood streets during a week-long spree lasting between December 19 and 23, 2007.
He pleaded guilty to criminal mischief in the first degree at the end of July.
Judge Guy Mangano sentenced him to 11 months in jail last week.
Officials said that on Wednesday, December 19, Andreenko plastered swastikas on 2474 Ocean Avenue with three swastikas, left one on an office door at 2086 East 19th Street and still another on the front door on 2060 East 19th Street.
The next day, he left swastikas and anti-Semitic statements on a wall across the street from 2235 East 17th Street. He then went into 2201 East 17th Street and left a swastika on the lobby wall. His Thursday rounds ended when he spray painted a swastika on a wall at 1725 Gravesend Neck Road.
Andreenko was also charged with spray painting two swastikas on the wall of a park house inside a park at the corner of Avenue V and East 14th Street on December 21 and then leaving a swastika on a blue Ford van that he had found in a parking lot at the corner of East 16th Street and Avenue U.
Before the plea deal, Andreenko was facing 12 years in prison, prosecutors said.
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