Tourists' van broken into in minutes after arriving in St. Louis

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on February 27, 2013 at 11:18 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 27 at 11:21 PM

(KMOV.com) -- A group of tourists visiting St. Louis fell victim to crime almost as soon as they arrived Wednesday.

Thieves broke into the van belonging to a group of young men from Manitoba, Canada.

The suspects took luggage, cash and cell phones. The van was parked along Memorial Drive Wednesday afternoon while the tourists went to see the Arch.

“We just arrived and got here and found this was a good place to sop and take a few pictures with the boys and then go and find a hotel,” said Michael Hofer. “We weren’t here for five minutes and we looked and our vehicle was broken into.”

A federal park ranger who saw the break-in chased after the thieves as they drove off, but gave up the chase on the Eads Bridge when they started driving too fast.

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