Incident Summary:

12/29/2000: 12/29/2000: The Earth Liberation Front (ELF) claimed responsibility using small incendiary devices to set arson to three homes in the Island Estates Development in Mount Sinai, New York in the United States. There were no casualties in the, which arson caused about $30,000 to each of the three homes, totaling about $90,000 in damage overall. Incendiaries in two additional homes failed to ignite. Authorities found graffiti written at the scene that read, "if you build it, we will burn it," "Burn the rich," and "stop urban sprawl." In their communiqué, ELF stated, "this hopefully provided a firm message that we will not tolerate the destruction of our island." The group also set arson to homes on Dec. 9 and 19 in Suffolk County, New York. Four teenage activists and members of ELF, George Mashkow, Jared McIntyre, Matthew Rammelkamp, and Conor Cash were charged with the arsons. McIntyre, Mashkow, and Rammelkamp pled guilty and were sentenced to 3.5 years in prison, 1 year in prison, and six months in a federal prison camp, respectively. Cash was acquitted at trial.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:

New York

Mount Sinai

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity luxury homes
Specific Description three luxury homes under construction in the Island Estates Development in Mount Sinai, NY
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage $90,000.00
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Gasoline or Alcohol
Weapon Details
plastic water bottles filled with gasoline, topped with gasoline-soaked sponges, to start the blazes
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information The four perpetrators were also responsible for the arsons at Middle Island and Miller Place on December 9 and 19 in Suffolk County, New York. See incidents 12900 and 121900.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Earth Liberation Front (ELF) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Letter)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 4
Number of Captured Perpetrators 4
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
FBI, "Terrorism 2000/2001,"FBI, DOJ, 2001.
"Urban sprawl foes bomb subdivision; 3 unoccupied luxury homes attacked," Windsor Star (Ontario), January 4, 2001.
David Winzelberg, "Earth Liberation Member Gets 3 1/2 Years for Arsons," The New York Times, August 1, 2004.