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Fairport business loses $20k from burglaries
Fairport, N.Y. - Caught on camera, two men raided the storage lot behind a Fairport repair shop Saturday, stealing hundreds of pounds of truck parts and tools.
The owner of Hawk Frame and Axel said its a reoccurring problem - burglars target his business, looking for scrap metal. It's happening way too much, it seems to be a pattern in this area, said Ace Relyea, president of the family owned business.
In the last two and half months, Relyea said his shop has been burglarized about every weekend. Whatever they can get their hands on, jack stands, tooling, parts, Relyea said, you're looking anywhere between $1,000 a weekend to $5,000 a weekend.
After losing about $20,000 Relyea installed a trail camera, typically used for hunting, to track down the burglars. For about 30 minutes, the motion activated camera snapped photos of the two men, their faces and license plate clear as day.
These people are very brazen, Relyea said, anything that's not bolted down they'll take and sell for scrap.
The materials that can be scrapped for about $500, Reylea said cost him nearly $5,000. The truck parts stolen were supposed to be put back on semi-trucks in his shop that means delays in repairs and additional new parts Relyea has to pay for.
These guys are scrapping this stuff but what they are doing to other people is costing them hundreds of thousands of dollars, Relyea said.
State law requires scrap yards to take down ID information of everyone who comes in to trade metal for money. However, there is no limit to the amount a person can bring to a scrap yard and it can be difficult to spot stolen parts.
All and all it's not a good system; it definitely needs to be change, Relyea said. These guys shouldn't be able to get rid of this stuff that easy.
Scrap yards in Rochester said employees cross check items brought in with theft reports but Relyea said parts are often stolen and scrapped before a police report can be filed.
Relyea handed the surveillance footage over to the Monroe County Sheriffs Office Monday afternoon and investigators are working to identify the men seen in the photos.