Reward offered for crime spree at Henrietta car dealerships
HENRIETTA, N.Y. (WHAM) - Monroe County Sheriff's deputies have partnered with multiple groups to put an end to a month-long crime spree in West Henrietta.
Deputies, along with Crime Stoppers, the Dorschel Automotive Group, and Garber Automotive, are asking for the public's help.
The Sheriff's Office says someone with a high-powered pellet gun has been targeting two car dealerships, Dorschel and Garber Automotive. The incidents are happening just out of range of surveillance cameras, and it's happening both during the day and at night.
There has been an estimated $20,000 in property damage, including damage to buildings and cars at the Dorschel Automotive Group and Garber Automotive.
Deputies spoke about the case Tuesday on Good Day Rochester.
Some of the damage includes broken windows that appear to have been shot out using a high-powered pellet gun.
“It’s panic. It’s fear,” said Kevin Parker, the General Manager of Garber. “It’s unnerving to our employees when they just see glass scattered everywhere, and the buzz starts going around, 'We got shot again.'"
Parker and Rick Dorschel believe the suspects drive by during the day, showering pellets into new cars parked up front along the road, and into windows of new buildings.
“We had a window come out on a Saturday afternoon. We had customers in the front yard, and that just takes this thing to a whole different level,” said Dorschel.
Before the shootings, they say vandals had thrown eggs at the vehicles. But this is more dangerous, with pellets cracking the first pane of the Acura building. The dealers relieved double-paned windows stopped the pellets from entering the showrooms.
Dorschel says buildings were hit three times, twice when customers and employees were inside.
“This goes to a different level. Drive by, high-powered rifle. Somebody’s gonna get hurt. Now we’ve got a different level of concern, right?” said Dorschel.
The shootings have forced the dealers to move vehicles from the road.
“We just can’t risk employees' or customers' well-being,” said Dorschel. “This is difficult because there’s no pattern where it happens at, this time or that time.”
“We’re looking for (the) community's help because we need to solve these crimes,” said Monroe County Sheriff Captain Paul DeLalla.
Investigators ask anyone with information to call 911 or Crime Stoppers at 423-9300.
Both automotive groups are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrests of the people responsible for the damage.
Crime Stoppers Tip Line callers are also eligible to the reward.