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LouFest: Police Report 29 Vehicles Damaged, Electronics, Bags, Wallets And More Stolen

Categories: Crime, Music, News

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Steve Truesdell for RFT
The LouFest music festival this weekend ended on a low note for dozens of attendees who had their vehicles damaged by thieves who left Forest Park with all sorts of personal belongings -- and still remain at large.

The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department reports that yesterday there were a total of 29 cars damaged, all belonging to folks attending LouFest. Suspects stole wallets, bags, electronics and even "personal papers," police say in an incident report.

Witnesses reported seeing two black male suspects in a black Volkswagen, according to police, who have no further information on the suspects at this time.

See also: Stolen Truck Abandoned in Midtown Smash-And-Grab; Crime Spree of Car Break-Ins

On Saturday, police say a total of three vehicles were damaged while victims were at Kennedy Forest between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Purses, a backpack and an iPod were stolen, officials say.

Then on Sunday, five vehicles parked at Grand Drive and West Pine Drive in the northeast corner of the park faced break-ins between 9:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. In this case, wallets, book bags, electronics and papers were stolen. One vehicle parked at the World's Fair Pavilion was damaged sometime between 7 p.m. and 10:45 p.m. The window was smashed but nothing was stolen in this case.

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Steve Truesdell for RFT

Eighteen cars parked on the 5100 block of Clayton Avenue in the southwest portion of the park were damaged between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m., police say. Electronics and a flat iron were reported stolen here.

Five additional vehicles faced break-ins at Grand Drive and Wells Drive between 7 p.m. and 10:45 p.m. In this area, only an iPod was stolen.


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Karla Smith
Karla Smith

Why is everyone assuming that the people who got their cars broken into are at fault because they left their belongings out in the open or have a fancy car? Don't blame the criminals, or the city for not providing adequate patrols during a festival. Definitely assume that everyone is an idiot and left an iPad in their front seat in plain view.

Gurf J. McGurf
Gurf J. McGurf

Hire an attendant for every car parked. This attendant will watch over the persons vehicle for the entirety of their evening. People have a right to go somewhere and not have their vehicle broken into or stolen. This should be on the ballot.

Bill Bernickus
Bill Bernickus

More ammo for the tourism brochures. Need a bigger city folks. Seriously.

King Stitches
King Stitches

Suprised this happened because I was out jogging and the Police were busy writing tickets.

Jesse Irwin
Jesse Irwin

If bait cars are in use and the word gets around, there will be a chilling effect on car break-ins. Is this camera on the seat too good to be true? Is it chipped?

Jesse Irwin
Jesse Irwin

Bait cars, bait cars, bait cars. RFID inside of bait items left on the seat. Track them down and arrest them. This is such a problem in the city it warrants a task force.

Paul Hibbard
Paul Hibbard

What was stolen from the cars is probably still worth less than the price to park in Chicago

CheapCheap
CheapCheap

About 15 commenters have blamed the victim.  Sad.

Thats really a good way to attract people to City living.  Let people know that all that Sh%^ people do *not* have to do in the county when they park, they'll have to do in the City or you will *deserve* to have your stuff stolen plus pay a $300 glass and vacuuming bill.

Justin Torres
Justin Torres

sounds like the time ClusterPluck played at OFF BROADWAY MUSIC VENUE for our album release party! 16 vehicles broken into. STL enforcement needs to beef up for events in the city!

Bill Taden
Bill Taden

That's fine drive ur fancy car, just don't park it.

Michael Mahler
Michael Mahler

Let me guess... stuff out in plain sight on the dash or passenger seats? Gee, who would have thunk it?

Leslee Brown
Leslee Brown

Well first of all anyone with half of a brain should know better than to leave items in plain view in a car. I've worked in the city for many years and since I don't leave items in plain view my car has NEVER been broken into

Vickersway Allotments
Vickersway Allotments

I'm with Pauline Stark on that one Gateway Garlic Urban Farm have the right formula let them run the next

Mychal Anne Voorhees
Mychal Anne Voorhees

This is probably my favorite response on RFT of all time. I especially appreciate, "putting more cops on the steets has totally worked in the history of fuckin' never." Best.

Jean Reif Geurts
Jean Reif Geurts

I won't go to that place. And I went to the NOLA Jazzfest for several years. Y'all don't know how to organize.

Gateway Garlic Urban Farm
Gateway Garlic Urban Farm

Then Fred the Garlic Head will open up festivities !!! He's the best dancer in town !! Plus he's a giant head of garlic !!! That means you'll be mosquito free !

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

i should be able to drive my car wherever i want.

John Lupia
John Lupia

Its part of out "flavor". If you are from STL and your car hasn't been broken into or stolen you arent really from STL.

Bill Taden
Bill Taden

What happened to the bait cars?? Or common sense? What about all the cameras on the streets? Quit driving ur high priced european car to the city where petty crime is running rampant.

Drew Gowran
Drew Gowran

Haha... i can laugh since this has happen to me many times. Fools!

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

close enough. it's what? 3 miles? 4 miles? forest park ( and downtown proper ) have had this problem for quite a while. but everyone just says "well, crime happens everywhere" and it happens again and again.

Theresa Solsten
Theresa Solsten

Did anyone else get a parking citation? Whether or not you deserved it, I felt like if they had time and man power to write so many citations, why was there not enough to keep a watchful eye out for these criminals? Mine was marked at 4:52pm so I know they were out there issuing hundreds of them. I was one of at least 100 cars in this particular "no parking" zone.

Hal Greens
Hal Greens

If you park in the city do so with some form of awareness for your surroundings. The vast majority of the time when a car is broken into it's b/c there is something of interest in plain view. If you have something that even remotely looks like a wallet....put it under the seat. I personally won't leave my server apron in plain view b/c it somewhat resembles a clutch or large wallet in bad lighting, so it goes under my seat. If you have a trunk use it. If you have an SUV leave a blanket in the back to cover items of value. Yes, you still may get broken into if they are desperate to find something but I guarantee the car with electronics, bags, wallets, etc. in plain view will be targeted %100 of the time in these situations. Sorry to all whose property was damaged, but in the future take the advice of the signs in neighborhoods such as the CWE and "park smart".....you are IN A CITY.

Bruce Mayhew
Bruce Mayhew

Stop leaving crap out in the open of your car.

Robin Gray
Robin Gray

What dumbasses don't know to NOT leave valuables in their cars in the city of St. Louis?

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

ya, you can stop going downtown until the businesses down there lose enough money that they finally do something about it.

Gateway Garlic Urban Farm
Gateway Garlic Urban Farm

We didn't have one incident at Saint Louis Garlic Fest and that's because we had our own security and collaborated with the StL police.

Brandon J. Tosie
Brandon J. Tosie

I never said I was gonna do it,so therefore it wasn't a threat...

Jeff Wade
Jeff Wade

(News flash ) Sources say that none of this would have happen if Police were not still checking Motorcycles for hot motors .

Bradley Darby
Bradley Darby

they were too busy writing tickets all over the park. every single park ranger/police officer i saw in Forest Park that wasn't inside the festival was writing parking tickets.

Bradley Darby
Bradley Darby

This shit is happening at Off Broadway on a regular basis now too. 3 times in the last 3 months I believe. You cant even enjoy live music downtown without people breaking into your shit

Don Lanier
Don Lanier

Frankly the event promoter should hire his own people to keep the patrons cars safe, find some guys with legal conceal carry and walk the streets....

Traci Moore
Traci Moore

My car was parked both days and no problems. I saw police and people everywhere. I hate that anyone lost anything or cars had damage, but there seemed to be enough security to have caught these criminals.

Katherine Lawson
Katherine Lawson

I saw the results while walking home from the show. Most had nothing stolen, the bad guy just walked up the street bashing windows. I felt terrible for the folks. Police officers should be like any other business with a lot of employees: Managers should know where their staff are and what they are doing. "police presence" does not mean cruising around in your car. It means more bike patrols or (God forbid) an occasional foot patrol. Perhaps an occasional motion detecting light / camera?

Todd Williams
Todd Williams

Sounds like a bunch of dumb people who left stuff sitting out. Take your valuables with you and don't leave backpacks, bags, electronics, etc out - very simple

Stephen Martin
Stephen Martin

Where should have been were in the comment two comments ago. I feel like Steve should now. Must proofread, Stephen.

Stephen Martin
Stephen Martin

Yes, Steve, acting like a high school flunkie and challenging someone to a fist fight really helps clear up your argument. How have you stayed alive this long?

Stephen Martin
Stephen Martin

Steve Mincer, Wentzville is not in the Saint Louis county. Also, what does having a coexist sticker have to do with anything. Where cars with the Xian fish left unharmed. The comment threads on articles always bring out the nimrods.

Stephen Martin
Stephen Martin

Brandon put down the bong and spend some time with a book on the English language.

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