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Bike path connection?

Updated: 06/11/2014 5:49 PM
Created: 06/11/2014 5:46 PM WHEC.com
By: Brett Davidsen

News10NBC is taking a closer look at the other incidents involving vehicles being damaged along highways. There seems to be one possible connection between all 13 of the incidents.

Police have floated the theory that there may be a suspect or suspects causing damage to people’s car windows from a passing vehicle, but it is not the only theory they're following. 

Andrew Statt likes to ride his bike along the path near Trolley Boulevard in Gates. With all the talk of someone possibly damaging car windows along the nearby stretch of I-390, he wonders if someone is using these paths as a means to target passing vehicles.

Andrew Statt said, “That's what I’m thinking. That's what I’m thinking. I don't know if it's just one person or a couple people.”

In fact, investigators aren't even sure if there are any suspects to chase down. What they know is that there have now been at least 13 cases of motorists reporting unexplained window damage.

On Tuesday, it happened to a commercial van driver who was heading eastbound on Route 104 in Webster. Near where the incident happened, there is a bicycle path. In fact, almost all of the reported cases occurred on roadways that are near bike paths.

News10NBC saw a Rochester Police car driving along the bike path near I-390 and Trolley Boulevard. Further down I-390 near Buffalo Road, two plain clothes investigators were stopping bicyclists hoping to gather potential leads. The sheriff's office acknowledges it is patrolling the paths.

   

Until someone is caught, Statt says he is also spending a little more time scanning his surroundings.

Statt said, “Especially when I’m biking underneath the bridge there, I’m looking around, just going really slow."

Crime Stoppers has offered a reward up to $1,000 to anyone with information that leads to an arrest in the highway incidents case. You can call 423-9300 or text your tip to "crimes" or 274637.





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