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Police seek assistance to solve Swedish Days Parade burglary

Published: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 9:41 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, July 3, 2014 8:39 a.m. CDT

GENEVA – The Geneva Police Department wants the public's help to solve a burglary that occurred during the June 22 Swedish Days Parade, according to a news release.

Geneva police received a report of a burglary on an unsecured school bus during the parade, which started at about 1 p.m. June 22. The bus, which was used to transport the South Shore Drill Team to the parade, was burglarized between 12:40 p.m. and 1:15 p.m., according to the release.

After dropping off the drill team at the parade's starting point, the bus was driven to the Geneva Train Depot’s south permit lot. At this time, the bus was left unattended and unsecured, the release stated.

Four purses or bags that contained electronic equipment and money were reported stolen. After exiting the bus, the offender left in an unidentified vehicle and proceeded to discard the purses and bags, police said.

A direction of travel for the offender was not listed in the release. Geneva police Wednesday afternoon were not immediately available for comment on the incident.

Anyone who witnessed the burglary, saw any suspicious activity during the incident timeframe or has other pertinent information, is urged to call Geneva Police Detective Sgt. Michael Frieders at 630-232-4736.

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