Unsettling trend gets attention

A meeting held earlier this week in Silver Creek was an eye-opener. During a community forum, county Sheriff James Quattrone and Investigator Eric Vara noted the recent incidents of vandalism to buildings and businesses have not been limited to just the village. Instead, it is a problem across the north county.

“The current belief is that it is vehicles driving by and doing this,” Vara said of the recent incidents in Silver Creek. “I have a few vehicles in mind, but it’s hard to say how many suspects there are. The incidents are happening at all times through the night, and it is pretty confirmed that the damage is being done by beebee guns.”

In addition to the local damages, both Vara and Quattrone noted similar crimes that have occurred in Dunkirk and Fredonia. Village Trustee Marv Cummings, who also works as a county dispatcher, was vital in having the community gathering on Monday.

Overall, the message to residents to report what they see and hear to the authorities– do not just post it to social media. Those with information — now and in the future — can call the Sheriff’s Department at 753-4910.


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