DOWNTOWN ST. LOUIS (KTVI)- Visitors to Downtown St. Louis were fed up with crime Monday night.
Boat show exhibitors said they had about $5000 worth of items stolen from their vehicles just north of the Edward Jones Dome, between 4:00 pm and 4:30 pm Monday afternoon.
Rich Martin of Premier 54 Motorsports in Osage Beach said he and his 9 member crew had things stolen from three vehicles: a U-Haul, and two pickup trucks.
'All of our clothing; IPads, Apple TV`s, cash, computers, laptops, for business, for the show,' Martin said.
He said a handgun was also stolen.
The show opens Wednesday.
Martin said he and his crew had parked their vehicles and trailers just north of a secured lot for show exhibitors because that secured lot was extremely busy.
He said they were away from their trucks for only minutes at a time as they went 'in' and 'out' of the building; they came out to find their vehicles damaged and things stolen.
'To be honest, I haven`t had much luck coming to St. Louis. It`s probably one of the worst cities I`ve ever been to. Every time we come here there seems to be some kind of event. One time a few years ago, I got jumped and mugged and almost killed here,' Martin said.
Mark Adams with the St. Louis Boat & Sports show said there would be a swift response.
'No one likes being violated and having their possessions taken from them. That being said I have been in contact with the 4th district. Plans are preliminary but immediately starting first thing in the morning, there will be overtime details in the area, that will consist of bicycle patrols, cruisers and undercover,' Adams said.
He also was personally taking Martin`s truck to have the shattered window fixed Tuesday.
'Usually, most of the people are good here. Unfortunately, there`s a few that make it a little unpleasant,' Martin said.
The St. Louis Boat and Sports show opens Wednesday.
To characterize this as a crime-ridden event is way off the mark. This is the 59th show in St. Louis. That ought to tell you something.
Adams said there had never been a break-in on the secured lot, which was open to all exhibitors.
He said the past 5 shows had been incident free.