Fact Check: Law enforcement investigating uptick in carjackings

Updated: April 07, 2021 09:41 AM
Created: April 06, 2021 09:51 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Several viewers have messaged News10NBC saying there have been several carjackings across Monroe County recently. 

News10NBC looked into it and this is what we found.

The Greece Police Department says there have been multiple instances of vehicles being stolen at gunpoint throughout Monroe County over the last several weeks. The crimes typically occur in the evening or early nighttime hours

Sgt. Jared René says the thieves are operating with two typical patterns of robbery. 

The thieves will rear-end the target vehicle at low speeds and wait for the victim to exit the vehicle. They will then approach the victim and rob them of their vehicle at gunpoint. Police say if you are involved in this situation you should remain in your vehicle with the doors locked, call 911 immediately and if possible, leave the location for a public place or police station to get help.

The other situation involves thieves following the victim to their destination — sometimes their home or other location — and will wait for the victim to exit their vehicle. They will then approach them on foot and rob them of their vehicle at gunpoint.

Police urge you to pay attention to your surroundings. If you feel you are being followed or think there is a potential threat nearby, you should consider driving to a public area or police station rather than to your home. You should remain in your vehicle with the doors locked and call 911 immediately.

Anyone with information on these cases is asked to call the Greece Police Department at (585) 581-4032. 

In one case brought to our attention, a viewer said an older man was carjacked at the Popeye's on East Ridge Road. Irondequoit Police say a man was carjacked, but he was in his 20s. 

Here's the part you need to watch out for: The victim was approached by a group of men who said he had a flat tire. When he got out of his car to check, the group got into his car and stole it. Police say the man was not injured, and there was no threat of a weapon.

Chief Alan Laird says they have seen a slight uptick in stolen vehicle incidents over the last few weeks, with three stolen vehicles in Irondequoit last week alone. 

Anyone with information on these cases is asked to call the Irondequoit Police Department's tip line at 585-336-6000 ext. TIPS (8477).

At this point, Larid's not sure if the other incidents across Monroe County are related. He says Irondequoit Police is working with partner agencies to figure that out.

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