ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- People who enjoy spending time outdoors are being ripped off by criminals. In the past week five cars have been targeted at the Grant`s Trail parking lot on Hoffmeister. Kim Frisch`s car was broken into Monday, she said, "Do not leave any belongings in the car.'"
She`s telling her story to keep other people from becoming crime victims. Thieves stole her purse, jewelry and cash. She figures her total loss is around $1,000, "I felt violated. I felt angry, upset that they chose me and not somebody else. It is upsetting."
Bryan May said his mother`s vehicle was broken into. He doesn`t think much of the criminals, "I think they`re scum. I do. They wait 'til people who are vulnerable and they take advantage of good people and they`re no good."
Even though there are signs posted warning folks not leave items inside their cars it still happens.
Evr Rhode is a crime victim, "I come back and my right passenger window was busted right in broad daylight." He didn`t leave anything inside his vehicle. We checked five cars at random and could easily spot something of value in four of them.
St. Louis County Police Officer Rick Eckhard said, "We don`t want to blame the victim unfortunately we don`t live in a world now where you can leave things of value in the vehicle. If someone sees it and they want they want to use it for drug money or other purposes they not going to hesitate to break that glass." He said car break-ins happen almost everywhere in the county through out the entire year. Last month there were 77 car break-ins across the county.
The parking lot is owned by Orlando`s Banquet and Conference Center. Orlando`s allows folks to use the parking lot. When the banquet center has an event they hire security to patrol the lot to keep customers safe. When there`s extra security they haven`t had any car break-ins.