Family wakes up to find vehicle stolen day before Thanksgiving


by Diana Zoga / News 4

Posted on November 22, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 23 at 6:54 AM

ST. LOUIS COUNTY ( -- Thieves made Thanksgiving difficult for one St. Louis County family.

The family woke up to find their van stolen from in front of their home Wednesday on Tiemann Avenue in south St. Louis County.

Jen Loguidice woke up to find her husband’s 1995 GMC Vandura cargo van gone. The van was loaded with tools her husband needs for his business.

After a brief police investigation, the news didn’t sound good.

“They said they’re going to do what they can to help recover it, but the majority of the time, they are stealing these vehicles just to scrap ‘em” Loguidice said. “He said if you don’t hear anything in the next couple of days, it likely won’t be recovered. I’m thinking that… that we’re not going to get it back.”

Loguidice’s husband uses the van to run a painting business.

The older model vehicle.. .May have been targeted.

Earlier this month, News 4 told you Florissant police were warning about a trend in thefts of older cars.

Since the older vehicles have been around longer, thieves know the tricks to get them started without keys.

The Loguidice’s older-model vehicle may have been targeted in the same fashion.

The family didn’t even hear the thieves take it, and because of the theft, the holidays have taken a different turn.  

“Chris is going to go out Black Friday shopping for tools,” Loguidice said. “Instead of Christmas presents.”