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Geneva police charge car burglary suspect

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

GENEVA – Geneva police, with help from Batavia police and Kane County Sheriff’s K-9 unit, caught a man suspected of burglarizing cars parked at the train depot.

Scott M. Francis, 21, of the 2700 block of Chatham Court, Geneva, was charged with two counts of felony burglary. He was released on $500 bond, or 10 percent of $5,000 bail and is to appear in court Wednesday.

The felonies carry a penalty of three to seven years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000 for each, if convicted.

According to reports, police were notified of a man going from vehicle to vehicle at the train station parking area, 328 Crescent Ave., by a conductor on the Union Pacific Railroad, who called Tri-Com Emergency Dispatch. 

When police arrived, they saw the suspect, identified as Francis, run south and jump a fence to avoid police in a squad car, reports state. When Francis ran south to Cheever Avenue, Geneva police asked for aid from Batavia police to set up a perimeter in the area, and a K-9 unit from the Kane County Sheriff, reports state. 

Police eventually found Francis in the backyard of a house on the 700 block of Shady Avenue. They found items missing from two cars that had broken windows in the backyard of another house on the 300 block of Cheever Avenue, reports state.

Items taken were a global positioning device, binoculars with a leather case and a multi-tool device, according to reports. Cars with broken windows were a 2010 Subaru Legacy and a 2001 Honda CR-V.

Police Cmdr. Julie Nash said police still are sorting out the items found with what was reported missing from the vehicles.

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