Last night as we were waiting for an evening tour group from east central Illinois to arrive on campus, we got the news that the 15 or so young people and their adult chaperones would be late because while they visited the City Museum their van was broken into and all their belongings were stolen. The information we received later was that the thieves made several trips to the van in order to take everything. All this in broad daylight in the late afternoon. The kids, most around 13-15, were devastated and had to deal with the fact that all their clothes and whatever else was gone.
After all the time spent with police reports and such, they made an emergency trip to Target to get replacement clothes, toothbrushes etc. Then they made it to the campus. Most looked shellshocked, but were troopers about making their way around the seminary at 8 last night.
St. Louis is rife with these car break-ins, it happens every year in the warm weather months and it's just sickening.
Ferdie did his best to cheer them up, but it was hard even for him.
Our student tour guide, Rob Bailey, did his best to cheer them, but it was hard for him too and he's one of the best.
What nerve of thieves and vipers to think they have the right to take what isn't theirs. Why can't St. Louis do better at stopping what must have been obvious to anyone driving or walking by that van.