Two vehicles struck by something on area highways

Updated: 06/12/2014 7:12 PM
Created: 06/12/2014 1:09 PM WHEC.com
By: Brett Davidsen

Two more drivers are reporting that their vehicle windows were damaged on area highways. The total number of vehicle windows damaged in our area is still rising. All these reports are leaving drivers around our area on edge, especially since in most of the cases no one knows exactly what is causing the damage. 

On Thursday morning, one driver told police something hit his windshield on 390 in Greece. Then on Thursday afternoon, there was another report from a driver on 490 in Gates. 

Police had two calls come in Thursday from drivers who had small chips in their windshields, but investigators are taking every call seriously as they try to figure out if there is somebody out there intentionally causing damage to people's car windows. 

A man was driving his pickup truck on I-490 in Gates Thursday when he heard a sound. What was left behind was a very small ding in his windshield.  He didn't want to talk on camera, but he called police and when we arrived, four sheriff's cars and a state police officer all responded to check it out.

A few hours earlier, a man driving his car south on Route 390 near Maiden Lane reported damage to his windshield.  Police, at this point, are not sure what caused it, but they are following up to see if there's any reason to believe it's connected to other reports of unexplained window damage to moving cars.

The two cases, while minor and unexplained, are further evidence of how people are on edge and calling in anything remotely suspicious. 

There have now been at least 17 of these reported incidents of window damage, many of them occurring on 390. While police are not sure if there are any suspects to chase, they also are not prepared to say these are all accidental or coincidence.

Last week, the sheriff's office floated the theory that this may be the work of drive-by suspects.

On Wednesday, News10NBC showed you another avenue they are investigating. Police are looking into the relationship to nearby bike paths.  Most of the reported cases occurred near a bike path.

Police were patrolling the canal path near Buffalo Road, stopping bicyclists and asking questions. 

CrimeStoppers has offered a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone with information that leads to an arrest in these cases. Anyone with information can call the Tip Line at 423-9300; text SAFETIP to CRIMES or 274637; or submit an on-line tip via the website at www.roccrimestoppers.com. All calls and tips are anonymous.

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