A Newfane High School senior was arrested Friday in a “milk smashing” prank at a Tops Market in the town after he was recognized by store employees and bragged about his actions on Facebook.
The 18-year-old Burt resident was picked up by Niagara County sheriff’s deputies at school and arraigned in Newfane Town Court on a misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief in the incident, which took place Monday at the Tops on Lockport-Olcott Road, said Sheriff’s Capt. Greg Schuey.
This incident, caught on a store surveillance camera, is one of at least 10 “milk smashings” that have taken place in the last week in this area, as the trending online prank made its way to Western New York.
In “milk smashing” or “gallon smashing,” young people at supermarkets grab plastic gallon jugs of milk or juice and then throw them in the air or smash them to the floor while pretending to fall or slide to the floor as the liquid pools around them.
The scene is recorded by an accomplice with a smartphone and later posted to YouTube or social media sites.
Tops store security reported the Newfane “milk smashing” to sheriff’s deputies Tuesday and showed investigators footage from the in-store video system of a young man smashing the milk containers on the floor at about 6:40 p.m. Monday, causing about $8 damage.
Employees were able to identify the suspect. He also posted video of the incident on his Facebook page.
Deputy Justin Birmingham, the school resource officer at Newfane High School, and Deputy Shannan Rodgers investigated.