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.