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Police say car helped identify suspects in string of Southern Tier Vandalism

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HORSEHEADS, N.Y. (WENY) -- We're learning more about how police caught two men involved in a string of vandalism throughout the Southern Tier.

21-year-old Cody Keller of Waverly and 20-year-old Jayden Elia of Spencer have each been charged with one count of felony criminal mischief. Police say the men are behind more than 70 acts of vandalism in both Chemung and Tioga Counties.

The pair allegedly used two stolen high powered pellet guns.

In the city of Elmira alone, more than 50 car and business windows were shot out. Nearly a dozen vandalism cases were also reported throughout the Horseheads area, as well as in Sayre and Athens, Pennsylvania.

Investigators say it was damage to shops along County-Route 64 that helped them finally piece the incidents together. 

"We generated some surveillance footage of the suspected vehicle involved. As we looked into the video footage of the involved businesses, we found we were looking at the same car that was in each video," says Andy Jones, with New York State Police. "We also learned from the elmira police department and several other agencies they had received reports as well."

Across Chemung County, some of the businesses included Simmons Rockwell, First Arena, Kohl's and Dick's Sporting Goods.

Police say they are not able to put a dollar amount of the damage right now, but they're encouraging anyone who may have suffered any damage to report it immediately.

More charges are pending once more victims come forward. State police are asking anyone who suffered any of this damage to report it to local authorities.

Both men were arraigned Monday night on $10,000 cash bail. They will return to court Thursday morning for a preliminary hearing.

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