Competitive figure skater has skates stolen in van break-in near -

Competitive figure skater has skates stolen in van break-in near Arch

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ST. LOUIS ( -- A family driving cross-country is the latest to be hit by thieves targeting tourists near the Gateway Arch.

On Saturday morning, Christalyn Trimilove, a competitive figure skater, and her dad stopped to see the Arch on her way to Colorado where she is training for nationals.

“My dad said we might not never get back to St. Louis again so let’s just stop and see the Arch,” Trimilove told News 4 in a video chat interview.

They parked on Memorial Drive next to the Hyatt and were gone no more than 20 minutes. During that time someone smashed the back window of their moving van.

“My skates are gone and then I broke down crying. Then after that that I was like 'oh my laptop’s gone, my Ipad’s gone, my head phones,” said Trimilove.

More than $8,000 worth of stuff was stolen. For this competitive skater, it's the custom made skates that are the biggest loss.

“They’re my everything. They’re my life. I’ve been skating now for 17 years. I skate every day,” said the 23 year-old.

She moved to Colorado to train with the hopes of making nationals, but without her skates she can’t train so she has a plea to the person behind the thefts.

“If you have my skates just turn them into police, you can keep everything else, that’s all that I want,” she said. 

Her insurance has a $4,600 deductible so she started a GoFundMe page to help recoup the loss.

The good news is she's not going to let a thief spoil the smile that seeing the Arch put on her face.

“It was a nice little city,” said Trimilove. “I’m not one to judge a city or someone based on something that happens just like that.”

In 2015, downtown car break-ins were up 10 percent compared to 2014.

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