I-Team 10: Vandals smash car windows in the South Wedge

Posted at: 08/16/2013 5:22 PM
Updated at: 08/16/2013 6:54 PM
By: Brett Davidsen

Some people in the South Wedge woke up Friday morning to vandals smashing the windows and mirrors of dozens of cars parked on the street. Police say they have arrested two men in connected with the vandalism.

More than two dozen reports of damage came into police Friday morning. I-Team 10 saw lots of cars with blown out rear windshields. Many people were awakened between 4:30a.m. and 7:00a.m. to the sound of shattering glass.

In the Swillberg neighborhood on the city's southeast side, residents like Eric O'Connor awoke to the sound of shattering glass.

Eric O'Connor said, "And as I'm walking up, I see the glass on the street and I'm just like, 'please not me', and of course, I get two windows hit."

On street after street, there were smashed rear windshields, driver's side windows and side view mirror. Car owners were left to pick up the pieces.  As many as 30 reports of damaged cars from the same neighborhood came into Rochester Police Friday morning.

Sgt. Elena Correia, Rochester Police, said, "It appears that one of the individuals had some sort of metal pipe in his hand and they were driving around smashing out the back windows of vehicles that were in the street.”

On Pinnacle Road, I-Team 10 saw five cars in a row that with smashed windows. For O'Connor, it meant time and money.

O'Connor said, “Well, I've had to stay home from work for at least a half a day. It's going to be to clean up, you know, get the glass replacement and everything. So, instead of making money, I'm paying to have my car fixed."

Police say the alleged vandals were quickly caught when residents were able to identify their car. Police arrested 20-year-olds Ryan Stanwix and Matthew Pease-Osewalt, of Rochester. A metal pipe was found in their car. They face felony charges of criminal mischief and menacing. Police say more charges are likely. Because it appears the victims were randomly chosen, police say it pays for everyone to be vigilant.

Sgt. Correia said, "Again, just be aware of your surroundings, be aware of who's outside and if you see something suspicious, and in this case they did, call 911 and we'll go an investigate."

Police are still processing the reports and the number of damaged cars is likely to rise. Stanwix and Pease-Osewalt are expected to be arraigned in city court Saturday. Police are not saying why they may have done this, but they say it does seem to have been random. Some cars on the streets were unscathed. It also appears as though nothing was stolen from the damaged cars. We hope to learn more Saturday when the two men appear in court.