Livingston County Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty has issued a warning to residents about recent car thefts in the county.
Dougherty, in a “community safety alert” said the group of suspects is escalating in their actions and should be considered “very dangerous.”
The group has committed felony-level grand larceny on at least two occasions in Livingston County during the past several months, Dougherty said.
The first occurrence was in the town of Caledonia, the second in the town of Geneseo. In both instances the owners of the vehicle posted their car for sale on Facebook Marketplace. The group of suspects then responded to the ad and set up a meet with the person selling the vehicle, the Sheriff’s Office said.
On the first occurrence the owner of the vehicle met with the group of suspects at his home and then rode in the vehicle for the test drive. The group of suspects then stopped roadside and asked him to step to the back of the vehicle to look at an issue. The owner of the vehicle was then left roadside, the Sheriff’s Office said.
In the second occurrence, the owner of the vehicle met with the group of suspects at their home and ultimately allowed the group to take the car for a test drive, at which time they never returned, the Sheriff’s Office said.
The group of suspects is believed to be committing these types of crimes in multiple counties.
Individuals with information on these incidents or suspects, may call the Sheriff’s Office at (585) 243-7100 or (844)-LCSO-TIP. Tips may also be left on the Sheriff’s Office website at www.livingstoncounty.us/sheriff under the “Take Action” tab.
Dougherty is asking that folks selling their vehicle to an unknown person use the “safe transaction zone” located outside the Sheriff’s Office, 4 Court St., Geneseo. The space is designed for such exchanges, is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. The zone is monitored by video at all hours.
Those using the zone may also call into the Sheriff’s Office at (585) 243-7100 and ask for a deputy to step outside and monitor the transaction in person.