Gates PD: No carjackings in the suburbs since last Wednesday

Berkeley Brean
Created: April 12, 2021 06:13 PM

GATES, N.Y. (WHEC) — Gates Police says there has not been one reported carjacking in the suburbs of Monroe County since the attempted carjacking and homicide in Gates last week. 

The police chief in Gates believes this is happening for two reasons: 1) They're on to the suspects and 2) People are more aware of the potential danger. 

On Wednesday, April 7, it was the 14th attempted carjacking in two weeks. And this one was fatal

Gates Police say 71-year-old Richard Sciascia was shot in his car when two men in masks tried to steal it. 

That night, Gates Police started a task force with other police departments, the Monroe County Sheriff's Office and New York State Police. 

"We'd like to thank the community for all the tips that have been called in," Chief Jim VanBrederode said. 

No arrests have been made in the case yet but police are seeing some change. 

VanBrederode: "We have not had a carjacking out in any of the towns or suburbs since the 7th when we had the fatal one. There have not been any for about four or five days now."

Brean: "What does that tell you?"

VanBrederode: "Well considering leading up to that we were getting them daily, I think the word is out to be more cautious or be more careful. And I think we're on to the right individuals."

Brean: "How close are you to making an arrest?"

VanBrederode: "I can't really say that but I think it's good news the carjackings have suspended themselves for the last five days."

Since April 7, RPD says there have been two carjackings and a third attempt in the city. 

Last Wednesday night, police chased and stopped the car they say was involved in the attempted carjacking. 

Gates Police say the 17-year-old driver was not charged.

But on Friday, Gates Police chief said the 17-year-old was handed to probation on a juvenile warrant and the chief called the 17-year-old "someone of interest" in the attempted carjacking and homicide investigation.

The records involving the 17-year-old are not public.

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