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Two accused of ‘car popping’ outside Batavia restaurants

BATAVIA – Two teenagers were arrested in connection with “car popping” incidents that occurred in two restaurant parking lots, city police reported.

Unlocked vehicles were entered Tuesday night at 20 Center St. and 214 E. Main St. Loose change was among the items stolen, police said.

A 16-year-old Oakfield resident, whose name was withheld by police, was charged with petit larceny, obstructing governmental administration and conspiracy in connection with a Center Street incident. He allegedly led police on a brief pursuit after being told he was under arrest.

Police arrested one of several people suspected of going through vehicles outside an East Main Street restaurant. The 17-year-old Batavia resident, whose name also was withheld, was charged with petit larceny and conspiracy.

Following arraignment in Batavia City Court, the teens were sent to Genesee County Jail in lieu of $1,000 bail each.