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Geneva Police Cracking Down on Homecoming Week Vandalism

The week of school spirit and competition between classes and other rivalry schools started today but the vandalism associated with the week started early this year.
The week of school spirit and competition between classes and other rivalry schools started today but the vandalism associated with the week started early this year.

"Since Saturday we've probably already answered ten to twelve complaints in reference to houses already being toilet papered," said Lt. Ricky Morgan, Geneva Police Department.

Police say it happens every year; It starts with the toilet papering and by the middle of the week, homes and cars will be egged and in the past even street signs have been vandalized. According to law enforcement, last year was the worst it's ever been so this year they're cracking down.

"We've instructed our officers if you catch kids out at night with toilet paper and it's in their possession you know, you do your job. If you catch them vandalizing property then you lock them up charge them with it and we'll go from there because, like we said, there's a lot of times where a little homecoming prank can turn into somebody actually getting into trouble with it," said Morgan.

They say even though toilet papering doesn't cause significant damage, it can lead to more trouble.

"You can go from a misdemeanor offense to a felony offense real quick. If you throw an egg out of a moving vehicle, or throw it in to a moving vehicle, that can actually cross over into a felony. You can actually charge them with throwing a projectile into a moving vehicle," said Morgan.

A few years ago the prank even led to a gun being pulled on the students (one of the main reasons police want the late night vandalism to stop.)

"We'll fully pursue it 100 percent. We'll put them in juvenile court and prosecute them and do what we need to do to ensure that the damage to these people's property are fixed and replaced and cleaned up," said Morgan.

He says it may sound harsh but after years of the annual damage--they're ready to end the destructive tradition.

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