Churchill marching band members' personal items stolen during Fiesta Flambeau

20 families impacted

SAN ANTONIO – The end of Fiesta is now the beginning of a police investigation for more than 20 families.

While the Winston Churchill High School marching band was performing at Fiesta Flambeau Saturday night, someone or several people broke into its parked school bus.

Whoever it was, nearly a dozen cellphones, wallets, cash, an iPod and more were stolen.

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"We got back on our buses ready to head home and the report was that a lot of things went missing so we're assuming that somebody broke into the bus, stole a bunch of personal items, mainly phones, wallets, etcetera," band director Anthony Ruiz said.

Ruiz said they were away from their bus for nearly five hours, but he's not sure if it was parked in the same location near the end of the parade route the entire time.

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"It's just unfortunate. You know, these kids, that's their world and they're out there entertaining thousands of people that were at the parade last night and for people to go and take things that don't belong to them. Disappointment mainly," Ruiz said about how he and students are feeling.

However, a discovery has those affected clinging on to some hope that their stolen property may be returned. 

Ruiz said a police officer tracked down a suspect in another burglary that was happening nearby and discovered seven phones that belonged to Churchill students.

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A report was filed with the North East Independent School District Police Department. Each individual student impacted was asked to file their own report with San Antonio Police Department.

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