Some Cardinals fans concerned after break-ins at popular lot

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by Lauren Trager and KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on May 17, 2013 at 9:45 PM

Updated Friday, May 17 at 11:04 PM

(KMOV.com) -- Dozens of cars were broken into this week in a parking lot used by many Cardinals fans. The reason: it's unguarded and thieves see it as easy pickings.
 
"It's just aggravating,” said John, whose truck was broken into on Wednesday.
 
Like many others, John often uses the lot near the Eads Bridge in East St. Louis when he has Cardinals tickets. The parking lot is close to the MetroLink and it's free. But Wednesday night, John and more than a dozen others paid a price.
 
"It's a shame you have to go through this, just to go to a ball game,” said John.
 
It’s the latest in a rash of break-ins in this well-used lot. News 4 talked to East St. Louis Mayor Alvin Parks about the issue.
 
"That is a startling number, that number is completely unacceptable,” Parks said.
 
But because the lot is owned by Cargil, a private company, Parks said his officers cannot provide security.
 
"Could you station an officer just outside the gate and leave him there?" said News 4's Lauren Trager. “Only at a cost. You can't have them everywhere because they have so many other places to be,” Parks said.
 
Still, he said East St. Louis police would increase patrols and work with the parking lot's owner to find a solution.
 
After being warning, some people tucked away their valuables and crossed their fingers.
 
"I hope they don't come back again tonight,” John said.

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