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Two Rochester men loot Guilderland homes, steal dog

State Police have charged two Rochester men after they allegedly burglarized two homes in Guilderland. Police caught up with the men on Western Avenue, after they allegedly stole a motorcycle, a truck, and a dog. (Photo courtesy of Tom Heffernan Sr.)

State Police have charged two Rochester men after they allegedly burglarized two homes in Guilderland. Police caught up with the men on Western Avenue, after they allegedly stole a motorcycle, a truck, and a dog. (Photo courtesy of Tom Heffernan Sr.)

State Police arrested two men accused of robbing two homes, and leading police on a chase through Guilderland.

Police said Randy Whitten, 42, and Robert Genovese, 30, both of Rochester, were allegedly involved in a robbery at a home on Johnston Road in Guilderland on the afternoon of Oct. 24. Witnesses gave police a description of the van the men were traveling in, which was spotted by police a short time later in Voorheesville. The men fled the van after pulling into a diner, and ran into a nearby wooded area. Police found a small dog and a small motorcycle inside the van, which were both believed to be stolen from the home.

30 minutes later, Albany County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call of a burglary in progress on Circle Drive in Voorheesville. Witness descriptions of the suspects matched those from the earlier incident, and police said the men drove from the home in a stolen pickup truck. Police again spotted the men a short time later. State Police, Guilderland Police, and Sheriff’s deputies responded, and Whitten and Genovese were taken into custody along Western Avenue.

The men each face two counts of second-degree burglary, and several counts of criminal possession of stolen property.

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