Geneva police arrested Scott Francis on charges of burglary from a motor vehicle around 3:08 a.m. Aug. 31, reports said.
The arrest report is a tale of athletic escape and police teamwork to apprehend a man who had hopped a fence and had all but gotten away from the scene.
According to reports, Tri-Com dispatch was advised by a Union Pacific Railroad dispatch from a train conductor that an offender was going from vehicle to vehicle and possibly forcing entry to cars at the Geneva Metra station.
When the first officer arrived, he located a Subaru Legacy in the northwest commuter lot with the driver’s-side rear window smashed out. Another officer checked the southwest parking lot and spotted a white male — later identified as Francis — walking east along the fence line. Francis ran south and jumped the fence, then ran south toward Cheever Avenue evading Geneva officers.
Two Batavia officers arrived and formed a perimeter, and police requested a Kane County Sheriff's Office canine unit be brought to the scene.
The dog was able to find Francis in a back yard in the 700 block of Shady Avenue, and Francis was taken into custody without incident.
Police later located a Honda CRV in the southwest parking lot with its front passenger-side window broken and two large pieces of rock next to the vehicle. Deputies also found a black binoculars case and Leatherman tool near the back yard of a house in the 300 block of Cheever Avenue.
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