ATTICA, N.Y. -- Attica Police Chief John Palillo says it was just after 9 p.m. Friday when employees here at Upstate Chevrolet made a shocking discovery.
“Approximately 28 vehicles here in the lot, either new or used, that had been damaged by rocks," said Palillo.
Now police are trying to piece together what happened and find the people responsible.
"What we believe happened is that it actually started from up above on the railroad tracks here, and they started throwing rocks down onto these vehicles on the back row, broke out those windows and then it kind of escalated after that,” said Palillo. “As they came down in the back of the lot here, there were several trucks parked here in the back of the lot where they broke out the windshields, the side windows. Some of the rocks hit the vehicles and bounced off, damaging by chipping the paint off the vehicles.”
"It's completely disheartening we all feel terrible about it," said dealership manager Gene Emser.
Emser didn't want to go on camera, but says vandalism like this hurts everyone, especially customers.
"These are vehicles we can't resale immediately, they're going to be pulled off the sales lot naturally,” said Emser. “It ties our hands, and it's no benefit to us or the customers.”
The dealer says an early estimate puts the damage at more than 50 thousand dollars. That makes this more than just a simple act of vandalism; that makes this a felony.
“It was probably something that started out to be a little bit of a prank and then got out of hand afterwards,” said Palillo. “And I don't think that the people that did this realized the extent of the damage that they've done which is why they really need to come forward now before this gets out of hand.”
If you have any information on the vandalism you're asked to call the Attica Police Department or the
Wyoming County Sheriff's Office
Wyoming County Sheriff's Office.