Police find burning duffle bag in NW Rochester

September 20, 2018

A burning duffle bag containing items possibly stolen from the Salvation Army store in North Rochester was found late Monday night.

The Rochester Police Department was called around 11 p.m. to the 2300 block of 18 1/2 Avenue Northwest for a report of a fire behind a house, Capt. John Sherwin said. The caller had put out the fire before emergency responders arrived.

When police arrived, they found a duffle bag that had been set on fire, possibly using an accelerant, Sherwin said. The bag contained partially burned items including jewelry and silverware that may have been stolen from the Salvation Army store in North Rochester.

KTTC-TV reported that the Salvation Army Family Store & Donation Center on West Frontage Road was broken into and vandalized over the weekend. The television station also reported that an office window had been shattered, along with a display case smashed and a safe broken into and emptied.

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