Sheriff issues warning on massive rural ragers

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A series of popular, rural parties with more than 200 people have been held throughout the county over the past several weeks, and Sheriff Robert M. Maciol has issued a warning in an attempt to put an end to them.

Maciol said the parties have been popping up since the end of June, often in rural and secluded wooded areas on both state and privately-owned property.

Maciol said the locations are shared through the Snapchat social media application, with crowds in excess of 200 people — usually in the age range of 16 to 25.

In addition to concerns regarding such large-scale gatherings during the COVID019 pandemic, Maciol said some of the people at the parties have gang affiliations, and crimes such as theft, robbery, assault, underage drinking and weapons possession have occurred.

The sheriff added that garbage and other property is often left behind.

“The Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate and take pro-active police action to deter these large parties,” Maciol said in a release.

“Any tips and cooperation from the community would be appreciated.”

Anyone with information on these parties or knows of such large gatherings in their areas can call 9-1-1 or the Sheriff’s non-emergency number at 315-736-0141.

Tips can also be submitted through www.MohawkValleyCrimeStoppers.com. All tips will be kept confidential.

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