ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Several houses were burglarized and half a dozen cars were stolen from an Irondequoit neighborhood Tuesday, law enforcement officials announced.

IPD officers were called to neighborhoods in the area of Norton Street and Route 590, where they discovered that “numerous” burglaries were committed in the Edgecreek Trail neighborhood.

Several items were stolen from multiple homes, and “half a dozen” vehicles, according to IPD.

The preliminary investigation revealed the same group of five individuals had been caught on security camera footage. Currently, police say the group appears to be responsible for all the thefts.

One of the stolen vehicles was recovered by members of the Rochester Police Department, and officials say that a person of interest has been detained.

One Edgecreek Trail resident — who did not want to go on camera out of concern — said he thinks he saw this in progress. He saw five people in five cars early Tuesday morning. 

“I heard arguing. Then, it felt like (a couple of) minutes later, they all just hopped in their cars and hauled tail. And that was all I saw. I didn’t even know what was going on. But like I said, I just heard people arguing and I (saw) five cars just leave,” said the anonymous resident.

Shelly Fritz is a school bus driver who lives in the complex, and this event was news to her. She feels opportunists from the city are bleeding into the suburbs. 

“I’ve seen a big turnaround. I’ve been here about 15 years now,” she said adding, “but, usually it’s pretty quiet around here.”

At a nearby gas station, one attendant says people brazenly stealing isn’t limited to Edgecreek Trail; the past two years in particular. 

“They shoplift regularly over at Harbor Freight big time during the daytime, and nobody can do (anything),” Michael Parton said.

IPD is asking residents in the Edgecreek Trail neighborhood to review their home camera security systems and notify authorities of any suspicious footage.

Those with suspicious footage are encouraged to call 911 and ask to speak with the police.


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