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Geneva parade burglary investigation continues

Published: Tuesday, July 8, 2014 11:39 p.m. CDT

GENEVA – Geneva police are reviewing footage from security cameras in the city’s downtown area as part of their investigation into a burglary during the June 22 Swedish Days Parade, Detective Sgt. Michael Frieders said.

An estimated $808 in property – including clothes, cash and an iPad – was taken from an unsecured school bus during the parade, Frieders said. 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. June 22, according to a Geneva police news 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. The bus was left there unattended and unsecured, the release stated.

Shortly after the parade’s 1 p.m. start time, a Geneva police officer found a purse and a backpack laying in the 1100 block of Cheever Avenue, which is south of Dryden Park and west of the permit lot. Police also received a call about other bags found on the 1600 block of Keim Circle, about a mile southwest from the other discovery, Frieders said on Thursday.

“The witness described hearing something hit the pavement,” Frieders said. “It leads us to believe [the burglars] left the area in the car because they would have had to get away relatively quickly.”

Police found an ID and documentation in one of the bags that indicated the items belonged to someone on the drill team, Frieders said. Officers then headed to the south permit lot.

“When [police] got there to check on it, the bus door was standing open,” he said.

Geneva police continue to actively investigate the case. Anyone who witnessed the burglary, saw any suspicious activity during the incident timeframe or has other pertinent information is urged to call Frieders at 630-232-4736.

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