SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — After a string of gun crimes at Destiny USA, we’ve yet to see the mall owner’s blueprint for ending them. But NewsChannel 9 got an exclusive look at a new strategy to reduce crime in the mall, by saturating streets all around it, with a specialized state police unit. 

With Syracuse Police continuing to struggle with an officer shortage, the State Police say they’ll have uniformed officers, plain clothed officers, intelligence officers, and members of the FBI to have a task force officer assigned to the unit. 

And they’re busy around the mall with seemingly non-stop, vehicle and traffic stops. 

They also check plates that potentially might be fake. During those stops, troopers could find something illegal, whether it is drugs or weapons. 

On the night NewsChannel 9 was riding along with the NYS Police, they pulled over a car that was weaving in and out of traffic. It had fake Texas plates, and after a closer look they found a BB gun that resembled a real firearm. 

The driver, 17- years old, just left the mall. He was visibly upset now after the stop, saying very little, but the police had plenty to say to him.  

The 12-year-old boy who robbed Juli Boeheim in a Destiny Parking lot had an airsoft gun. The latest statistics show compared to last year, the number of guns being fired is up city-wide.