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Police continue to investigate series of incidents with flare guns

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— The New York State Police in Plattsburgh are continuing to investigate incidents where a flare gun has been shot at residences, a camper, and now a lighted construction sign.

On Sept. 5, Fuller Construction reported having a lighted sign on Military Turnpike in the vicinity of Salmon River Road had been struck and damaged by a flare gun. On Friday, there was no damage to the sign and on Monday morning the sign would was not functioning properly. The damage was noticed on Wednesday and appeared to be caused by a flare gun strike.

Trooper Joshua Jenkins with the New York State Police out of Plattsburgh said the Department of Transportation signs can run between $15,000 to $20,000.

There have been several incidents in the City of Plattsburgh and surrounding areas.

The first reported incident took place on Sept. 2. A flare gun was discharged at a pull-behind trailer parked in the Sam's Club parking lot in Consumer Square in Plattsburgh.

According to a report by the NY State Police the flare propelled through both windows and extinguished on the parking lot pavement. No one was injured as a result of this incident.

A dark colored van was seen by surveillance cameras pull up in the vicinity of the camper and a flare was seen being shot from the van.

On Sept. 4, a flare gun was again used on Norrisville Road in Schuyler Falls. The flare gun was discharged at a mobile home twice. One flare lodged in an interior wall of the residence after passing through a window and the second was lodged in the vinyl siding. No one was injured as a result of this incident.

A second incident was reported on Sept. 4, that a flare gun was used on a residence on Caulkins Road in Peru. The flare gun was discharged at a the residence and broke a window and lodged into a vacuum next to the window. There were burn marks on the window and vacuum.

According to NYS Police Trooper Joshua Jenkins, those responsible for these incidents could face criminal mischief charges and arson among other charges.

These incidents are being investigated by the New York State Police in Plattsburgh. Anyone with information regarding these investigations should contact the New York State Police in Plattsburgh at 563-3761.

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