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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - Cars parked along Forest Park were broken into during broad daylight.
Runners in Forest Park reportedly spotted men wearing masks and hoodies smashing windows of cars parked on Lindell, just east of Skinker, this past Saturday morning.
According to St. Louis City Police, each of the eight victims had left their cars locked and secured, but returned to find broken glass and missing items, including a purse, wallet, iPad, and cash.
A witness, who heard the windows break, saw a black Maxima, with three black males inside, heading east on Lindell.  Right now, police have no suspects.
Those who work and work out in Forest Park say they’ve heard of break-ins happening here before, but still find it upsetting.
History Museum employee Rachel Robinson says, “Every day around 4 o’clock, I move my car, because I’m scared, I’m worried someone might break into it, and every time I park here, somebody says, you don’t want to park there.”
“I think that’s pretty terrible, because I have the impression that Forest Park is usually well-policed,” adds runner Debra Yen.
According to police, car break-ins are actually down in the Skinker-DeBalievere neighborhood, which borders a portion of Forest Park.  So far, in 2014, there were 36 reported thefts from motor vehicles.  That’s roughly a 50% decrease from the same time period last year.