Onondaga County Sheriff’s Deputies took to the air and the streets looking for multiple suspects in what they say was an increase in calls about stolen vehicles and vehicle larcenies in a Cicero neighborhood.
Neighbors woke up early Wednesday morning to suspects in their driveways. “As I was watching them they had their lights off and then they turned their lights on and went down to the next couple houses,” said Darby Farms resident Nicole Meech. “They got out of the vehicles, went to driveways trying to get in to vehicles and I (saw) that one of the males was in my driveway and that’s what caught my eye.”
That’s when Meech called 911. The emergency line then called the neighbors to warn them and advised they stay inside.
It happened just minutes before students were set to be picked up for Gillette Road Middle School and the North Syracuse Junior High School. Safety was the district’s number one priority so they delayed pickups until the scene was clear.
“When law enforcement says that people should stay behind closed doors, we want to do everything we can to support that so we wanted to get that message out to our parents- keep your kids in the house, follow the direction of law enforcement, and don’t worry we’re going to come back and pick you up for school once the event is over,” said Associate Superintendent Don Keegan.
Keegan added that the school was toying with the idea of a 2-hour delay for Gillette Road Middle School but the scene was clear minutes before they had to make that decision.
The buses then went back and picked the students up.
Police tell NewsChannel 9 four suspects were arrested at the scene.
The investigation is ongoing, but this incident serves as a reminder to always lock car doors.