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Police Investigate Two Incidents Friday of Vehicles Taking on Damage

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Rochester: Police Investigate Two Incidents Friday of Vehicles Taking on Damage
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On Rochester-area highways, police spent another day investigating reports of damage to vehicles.

The first call came in around 10 a.m. Friday. A car was heading west out of Rochester on Interstate 490, approaching the Mt. Read Boulevard exit.

The driver of the car heard a loud band, continued driving to a park in the town of Greece, and then called 911. The car had some scratches, and what appeared to be a BB lodged in the passenger side door handle. Police said the BB also appeared to have been there a while.

About two hours later, another car window was damaged on Route 390 near Lyell Avenue.

"We take them very seriously. Some could end up being a simple rock or contact with vehicles, but we take every one seriously, and investigate to the fullest extent,” said Sgt. Samuel Spezio, New York State Police.

There's a much greater police presence on expressways now, especially along Route 390, where many of the incidents have taken place.

"We have multiple tools like license plate readers, cameras,” said Spezio. "Anything we possibly can to actually see what's going on out here."

Spezio said drivers should be aware of their surroundings.

"The best thing they can do is make sure they're in control of their own vehicle. If we're investigating at the side of the road, please pay attention to where you're driving."

That plea, says Spezio, stems from a few close calls between drivers and investigators. He said that police will keep working until the vandalism's solved.

"Every one of these incidents is investigated to its fullest extent, will every resource we have available at that particular time."

Police in Rochester were called to check out a damaged car window earlier Friday, in a parking lot behind a business park on Lee Road, near Route 390.

Police said a woman waiting in her SUV heard her back window shatter.

Police responded and searched the area with police dogs, but found no potential suspects. They passed the information to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, but say they have no evidence that this incident is related to any of the other incidents being investigated on Route 390 in recent weeks. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP