(St. Louis Post-Dispatch) – Police on Tuesday were still investigating a car break-in that happened over the weekend near City Museum and cost a family nearly all of their possessions.
Those possessions included more than $100,000 in cash, according to a St. Louis Police Department report.
Priscilla Myco, 32, of Pennsylvania, said the robbery Saturday afternoon ruined her cross-country trip with her son, Isaiah. She wouldn’t comment on why she had so much cash in her possession.
After getting a new job in Oregon, Myco decided to pack their essentials in their Honda Fit hatchback and take a cross-country road trip to their new home.
“We thought it would be a great way to see the country,” she said.
They stopped to see a friend in St. Louis on Saturday and decided to go the City Museum. The museum’s parking lot was full around 3 p.m., so Myco parked her car two blocks away on 17th Street between Lucas and Washington avenues.
They got back two hours later to find a window of their car smashed. Their possessions, including a computer, clothes, jewelry and both their passports and Social Security cards were gone.
Myco said the robbers also took personal items: a laptop hard drive with photos that dated to the time her 10-year-old son Isaiah was born and a bag of his favorite things.
“Almost everything was gone,” she said. “Only the snacks we took for the road were left. They took everything they thought would be of value.”
Myco said that the car wasn’t packed to the brim and that only sleeping bags were visible from her car windows. She said the cash and expensive items such as the two computers were hidden.
She said she checked three times that the car was locked, and didn’t see any sign that she should have been concerned about theft. There were several other vehicles parked in the area around her parking spot, which was just in front of an apartment complex, Myco said.
“Never would I have imagined that my car would be broken into in broad daylight when there were a lot of people around,” she said. “I had no idea I had to worry about a public street downtown, or I wouldn’t have gone there.”
Myco said whoever broke into her car had to take their time to find her expensive items. “They really had to dig through the car to find some of the things they took,” she said. “They went out of their way to take what wasn’t theirs.”
She also said it would have taken more than one person to carry the bags from the car. “Those bags were heavy,” she said.
There were no witnesses to the incident, but a woman who lived in the nearby apartment complex told Myco that her car had also been broken into, Myco said. That woman’s boyfriend helped seal up Myco’s busted window.
The robbery “totally ruined our enthusiasm for seeing the country,” Myco said.
“That was practically everything we have,” she said. “And I don’t plan on coming to St. Louis ever again.”