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Pair with stolen pit bull charged after fleeing crash scene

LEROY - Two people who ran away from a motor vehicle crash Monday night were later located in the woods with a stolen dog, authorities said.

The crash on Route 5 near a Kwik Fill gas station happened at about 10:23 p.m., the Genesee County Sheriff's Office said. At the same time the crash was reported, there was also a report of suspicious activity in the area, the sheriff's office said.

Authorities from the sheriff's office, state police, Leroy police and the state police's aviation unit searched the area, and the pair was located in a wooded area.

Haleigh I. Ogden, 18, of Batavia and Giancarlo A. Miranda, 18, of Stafford had a pit bull with them when they were located. The dog was stolen from the Genesee County Animal Shelter either Dec. 8 or 9, according to authorities.

Ogden and Miranda were each charged with third-degree burglary and held in the Genesee County Jail on $15,000 bail. The dog was returned to the shelter and is doing fine, police said.

Neither Ogden nor Miranda were injured in the crash. They refused treatment, the sheriff's office said.

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