A Rochester-area girl was arrested Monday, just hours after state police posted a regional Amber Alert – a warning that startled a number of Buffalo-area residents who received the electronic bulletin on cellphones.
Cassidy N. Geffert, 16, was arrested at the Econo Lodge in Brockport at about 3 p.m., 90 minutes after news of her disappearance was released, along with the license plate of the car she was reported to be in.
The arrest occurred about 45 minutes after the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office received a tip that the car, a black Saab, was parked outside the Brockport Econo Lodge.
The girl was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny, according to Greece Police Sgt. Jared Rene.
With the investigation still underway, authorities declined to comment on the case further.
Geffert was reported missing to Greece police at about 11:30 a.m., and the Amber Alert was triggered at about 1:30 p.m.
Shortly after 2 p.m., Buffalo residents reported receiving Amber Alert messages on their smartphones.
Earlier, state and Greece police and spokesmen for the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office reported the girl might have been abducted.
They said she and her abductor were possibly traveling west on the Thruway through the Buffalo area toward Ohio.
The alert was canceled at 3:04 p.m.
Police and emergency authorities, meanwhile, praised the results of the first-time regional deployment of the Amber Alert to smartphones.