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CrimeStoppers offers reward in highway incidents
Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward to catch the person responsible for smashing windows on moving vehicles.
There have been at least 12 incidents reported over the past two months, most happened on Route 390.
Incidents were also reported on Ayrault Road at Mosley Road and Jefferson Road.
Monroe County Sheriff's Cpl. John Helfer said some of the vehicles were shot at with a BB gun.
Helfer says it is also possible someone is throwing objects off highway or railway overpasses.
Several police agencies are investigating.
The person or persons responsible for these incidents could face a wide range of possible criminal charges if captured.
Criminal defense lawyer and former prosecutor James Nobles said the low-end of charges are almost certain to include Criminal Mischief 4th Degree, a Class A Misdemeanor, and Reckless Endangerment, as Class E Felony. The misdemeanor charge carries a maximum sentence of up to one year in jail. An E-Felony carries a maximum sentence of between one and four years in state prison.
Nobles said that weapons charges could also apply and if anyone is actually injured in one of these incidents felony Assault or Manslaughter charges are possible. Both carry significant state prison sentences topping out at twenty-five years. Each incident that can be linked to the suspect or suspects can be charged separately meaning consecutive prison terms for each crime.
"Here in New York we have accomplice liability, explained Nobles of charges accomplices could face. If someone knew that they were doing this or gave them a gun or gave them ammunition or watched out for the police while they were hiding in the weeds, any of those things could make that additional person an accomplice and just as responsible as the person who is actually shooting the gun.
"If someone gets caught for this I have no doubt that the government is going to be seeking state prison, added Nobles. There is no question in my mind about that."
Anyone with information can contact Crime Stoppers using the tip line: 585-423-9300. People can also text "SAFETIP" to "CRIMES" or "274637" and submit online tips through www.roccrimestoppers.com. All calls and tips are anonymous.