BATAVIA - Genesee County sheriff’s deputies confronted two smash-and-grab burglary suspects in Crosby’s at Route 33 and Seven Springs Road early Wednesday morning, leading to a foot chase into the woods.
The confrontation happened not long after the same pair threw two large rocks through Kwik Fill on Route 5 in Le Roy.
The two were caught within minutes and taken into custody.
Jennifer D. Abrams, 29, and Tarus O. Fluitt, 47, were charged with third-degree burglary, second-degree criminal mischief, attempted burglary and two counts each of conspiracy. Fluitt also was charged with drug possession.
The incident began in Le Roy about 2:12 a.m. when two rocks were thrown through the window at Kwik fill.
The suspects were not able to get inside, deputies said.
Fifteen minutes later the same two entered Crosby’s by throwing a paving stone through the front glass door.
They were inside and in the process of stealing $3,500 worth of cigarettes when deputies arrived.
The two fled out another entrance and into woods behind the store.
More than $1,500 damage was done to the store.
Abrams was jailed with bail set at $10,000. Fluitt was awaiting arraignment.
State police, Le Roy police and DEC officers assisted.
The arrest comes after a rash of smash-and-grab burglaries in Bergen. Police are trying to link the pair to those burglaries.