MCSO investigates arson and racist graffiti in Perinton

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PERINTON, N.Y. – On Friday at 2:07 a.m., Monroe County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the area of Crossing Creek Drive for the report of two people in the apartment complex parking lot with spray paint. As a deputy pulled into the parking lot, both suspects ran west-bound towards Mason Road. The deputy saw a racial slur spray painted on a vehicle in the lot. MCSO established a perimeter as well as conducted a K-9 track and neighborhood canvas. They weren’t able to find the suspects.

Deputies found more graffiti in a second area of the complex on Crossing Creek Drive, consisting of a racial slur and vulgar images spray painted on a garage door and electrical box. Deputies located several surveillance cameras on the building. The video shows two people in the area spray painting a vehicle. Deputies are working to identify the suspects.

On Saturday at 2:51 a.m., MCSO deputies responded to 49 Mason Road., close to Crossing Creek Drive, for a reported house fire. When they got there deputies noticed the lower portion of the corner of the house was smoldering. Deputies confirmed that everyone got out of the house safely. After investigating, they discovered evidence that the fire was intentionally set.

Deputies set up a perimeter and did a neighborhood canvas, but weren’t able to locate a suspect. They are working with the Monroe County Fire Bureau on this ongoing arson investigation.

During the course of the investigation, deputies discovered freshly painted graffiti on the entry sign to the Church of the Resurrection, located at 63 Mason Road. The sign depicted a racial slur on one side and a swastika on the other side. MCSO is in contact with the church pastor to obtain surveillance video.

“These acts are despicable, disturbing and will not be tolerated,” said Monroe County Sheriff Todd K. Baxter. “Our investigators and deputies are working around the clock to determine who is responsible. We are dedicating any resources the investigators see necessary to bring those who committed these crimes to justice. We will prosecute these individuals to the fullest extent of the law.”