Greece police arrested three people in connection with two home invasions last month,
including one on Christmas Eve. Two of the suspects have also been charged with a series of robberies at area tanning salons. YNN’s Mike Hedeen reports that the suspects were allegedly targeting elderly residents.
The home invasions occurred in two quiet Greece neighborhoods. The first was December 8th on Meadowwood Road. Police said a 99-year-old man was held down by one suspect while the others stole cash and jewelry.
The second happened Christmas Eve on Rye Road. An 84-year-old woman was physically assaulted causing serious injuries to her face. Police said cash was stolen from her home.
Arrested are John Meyers, 29, of Greece, Jacob Buchanan, 22, and his girlfriend, Sarah Cushman, 26. They live in Rochester.
Buchanan and Cushman were arrested late last month along with Buchanan's brother Jeffery and charged with a series of robberies at tanning salons in Rochester, Greece, Brighton and Irondequoit.
Lt. John Henderson of the Greece Police Department said, “There was some information that was developed when we were investigating the tanning bed robberies. That information ultimately led to the arrest of all three."
Police said Meyers acted alone in the Rye Road invasion and assault as Buchanan and Cushman were in custody for the tanning salon robberies. Officers said this type of violent crime against the elderly can be fatal.
"It can be literally one punch or one strike away from a homicide so it's very serious. Sometimes, even though our victim may appear to have recovered today, in the long run there's lasting affects both health affects and mental affects,” said Lt. Henderson.
Police said the community was outraged that these individuals were seeking out elderly victims.
Neighbors said they've been keeping a watchful eye on their neighborhoods and taking extra precautions to ensure their homes were safe.
Neighbor Sheri Carr said, “We've been locking up so much my husband called me, I was at gymnastics with my daughter the other night, he's locked out of the house. He could not get our spare key. He says 'our house is sound and locked' and I said 'that's right." We are making sure everything's locked up. I'm so relieved that they've been found. We've been on pins and needles, many of us neighbors have been."
Police said the stolen cash went fast, but some of the other items taken from the homes have been recovered. The investigation is ongoing.