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Band's passports stolen from van

Members of the Chicago-based band Archie Powell and the Exports had their passports, clothing and computer-related equipment stolen from their van as they shopped in an Elmwood Avenue supermarket Friday afternoon.

The theft of the passports left the band members unsure whether they would be able to continue their album release concert tour, which includes two weeks in Canada.

"Fortunately they have the musical instruments," said Heather West, the group's Chicago-based publicist.

The four musicians, all in their 20s, began the tour April 27 with a St. Catharines performance. After bookings as far north as Montreal, they are scheduled to end their Canadian tour in Toronto May 20.

West told The Buffalo News late Friday they had advance paperwork for their border crossing, so when they go to either the Peace Bridge or the Rainbow Bridge this morning, they will see if they will be allowed to cross into Canada.

If the missing passports prove to be a problem, she said the band members will consult with U.S. officials in Buffalo Monday to get needed clearance to resume their tour after missing only a few performances, West said.

The van was broken into about 4 p.m. Friday as the band members were in the Tops Market at 2100 Elmwood Ave. Thieves made off with three passports, laptops, an iPad, iPod and clothes.

The band's new album has been receiving very positive reviews.