Burglar Uses Credit Cards From Student's Coin Purse to Buy Gas

Items taken include two credit cards, a debit card, a $30 gift card, a driver’s license, a school ID and about $30 in cash

A credit card taken from a student's missing coin purse was used to purchase gasoline at two Geneva gas stations, Geneva police reports said.

A neighbor called a Geneva mom to say she found her daugher's purse at around 8:30 a.m. Feb. 12. The neighbor later told police she had found the purse while she was walking on Glengarry Drive. A cosmology card had been left in the purse, which was how the neighbor knew who it belonged to.

The Geneva mom initially thought her daughter had left the purse on top of their car and lost it when they drove off.

But later that day, the mom was notified by her bank that there were unauthorized transactions on her credit card.

At around 3 p.m., the mom e-mailed the Geneva Police Department saying her daughter remembered leaving the purse inside their vehicle at around 6 p.m. Feb. 11, when the vehicle was parked in the driveway of their home in the 1100 block of Brentwood Place.

The mom discovered that someone had removed several items from the coin purse, including two credit cards, a debit card, a $30 gift card, a driver’s license, a school ID and about $30 in cash. At around 3:40 p.m., she e-mailed police with a list of transactions made on the card. Two of the transactions were from Fuller’s gas station and another from Geneva Shell.

The police report categorized the crime as a burglary.


  • If you have information about this or any other crime in Geneva, please contact the Geneva Police Department at 630-232-4736.

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