Aspiring teen journalist accused of stealing unmarked Rochester police car

August 27, 2019 12:08 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — An aspiring journalist is one of two teens accused of stealing an unmarked Rochester police car.

Police say 17-year-old Geoffery Rogers and a 13-year-old stole the car early Monday morning from the city's auto depot on Mt. Read Boulevard. 


Prosecutors say Rogers got into a confrontation with a man at a gas station on Portland Avenue and threatened him with a BB gun. After that incident, Rogers was pulled over and arrested.

Police say, at this point, it doesn’t much matter if this was some teenage prank—it’s a serious crime.

Rogers pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of grand larceny, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, menacing, and falsely reporting an incident. He was also issued several traffic violations. 

The 13-year-old is charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. 

Police say, at this point, it doesn't matter if this was some teenage prank—it's a serious crime. Nothing has gone to court yet, and they say they hope Rogers can turn things around. 

Rogers was released without bail. He's due back in court Sept. 10.


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