Police increasing patrols after recent incidents on 390, 490

Updated: 05/21/2014 5:48 PM
Created: 05/21/2014 11:52 AM WHEC.com
By: Berkeley Brean

Police are increasing patrols on 390 and 490. The sheriff’s office says it had dozens of calls from drivers on I-390 on the west side who say their cars were damaged. The sheriff's office says they're investigating eight of those cases. They confirmed two cars were hit by BBs and the damage to the other six they can't explain.

Undersheriff Bill Sanborn, Monroe County Sheriff's Office, said, “At this point, we don't know who or what is exactly responsible for creating the damage. We've investigated a number of leads, but at this point, I’m unable to share those particular leads. We have people from the community that have called in and offered information relative to something, that they may have seen that perhaps was suspicious.”

The sheriff's office says they recovered BBs that damaged two different cars on May 14, but the sheriff's office won't say where they found the BBs.

Brittany Dean, driver, said, “It's crazy. What if it happens again, like, someone gets, like, hit. Actually hit from behind, you know what I mean? It’s scary. Like, this world is scary.”

John Rachow, driver, said, “I'm scared every time I go up and down 390, not knowing if it is going to hit my vehicle.”

Police say whatever is hitting these cars it is dangerous.

Chief Pat Phelan, Greece Police Department, said, “If it distracts the driver from driving on the expressway, it is dangerous.”

There is a chance your car is going to get damaged when you drive on the highway, like a stone kicked up by the tires in front of you. Police say if you have damage on your car that you can’t explain; you should call and report it.

You can call 911 or 753-4177, which is a number specifically set up for this investigation.

There will be extra patrols on 390 and 490. They are using bikes and ATVs to patrol the wooded areas between the highways and the canal paths. They want drivers to pay attention to anything or anyone that seems suspicious, that includes people in other cars, not just the areas on the side of the roads.

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