Irondequoit families on edge after string of crimes

September 20, 2018 06:34 AM

Families in Irondequoit are on edge after a string of crimes including thefts and break-ins.

Families tell News10NBC the crimes are happening every night and it's not just cars getting rummaged through. Bold criminals are actually entering homes.

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"I was in total shock," said a scared single mom. "I could not believe that this happened to us."

A thief snuck into her home in the middle of the night just last week, grabbed her purse and took off in her car. She asked to keep her identity hidden so crooks can't identify her and return. 

"I started to panic, called 911 immediately," she said. "They had gotten through the back window." 

That criminal has since been caught, but that mom isn't alone.

The community app Nextdoor is flooded with stories from neighbors sharing horror stories about windows being smashed, bikes being stolen and cars getting rummaged through.

"It's hard to boast about your neighborhood when this crime is going on," said Scott Jennings, a neighbor who had his car rummaged through twice in one week. "It's sad because we love the neighborhood."

Irondequoit Police confirm they're aware of the crimes but the department says since it's likely that multiple people are committing these crimes, it's much harder to stop. 

"We have elderly people, single people... people are scared and want something done about this and want it done now," said neighbor Joe DeMaria. 

Police are cautioning families to keep everything locked and to report every crime.


Beth Cefalu

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