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A teen girl from the town of Greece, found Monday after an Amber Alert was issued, has pleaded not guilty to a charge of grand larceny.
Cassidy Geffert, 16, was the focus of an Amber Alert, issued around 2 p.m. Monday. She was found at a hotel in the Brockport area about one hour later, after someone noticed the black SAAB described in the Amber Alert.
Geffert faces the grand larceny charge because police said she had stolen a gun. Police are working to determine where the gun was from.
Police say this all started around 11:30 a.m., when officers began investigating a report that Geffert was missing from her Talnuck Drive Home.
Around 2 p.m., an Amber Alert was sent out. It stated Geffert left a note for her parents indicating she was in danger and that note had blood on it. The alert said the house was in disarray, a handgun was taken and there was a knife on the floor. The alert said it was a confirmed abduction and provided a description of the black SAAB taken from the home.
One hour later, police responded to the EconoLodge in Sweden, where officers found Geffert safe and unharmed in the vehicle.
After being questioned, Geffert walked into Greece Town Court for her arraignment around 8:45 p.m. Monday.
After Geffert pleaded not guilty to the charge, the judge set several conditions, including curfew. She was then returned to the custody of her mother.
Some information initially included in the Amber Alert caused confusion. Police say there was no blood on the note, and could not initially determine conclusively whether this was an abduction or not.
Police said when an Amber Alert is sent out, the word abduction is automatically generated on it.
"We always err on the side of caution In law enforcement and that's exactly what was done and the folks at the missing persons clearing house advised us that that's the way the alert goes out and it's auto generated, there's no way to override that and say potential or possible at this time," said Deputy Chief Jason Helfer.
Geffert must appear in court again on Thursday. Any additional charges she faces must be filed then.
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