A church in South St. Louis can’t seem to catch a break. For the second time in just over a year, they’ve had one of their vans stolen from their parking lot.
It happened Sunday Morning at St. Trinity Lutheran Church in the Patch Neighborhood. Pastor David Lewis has the thief on surveillance video. He drove off with the van just before 5 A.M. Pastor Lewis says they used the 15-passenger van for community outreach and transportation.
"We work really hard here to love our neighbors to help our neighbors just to be really good neighbors. So when something like this happens it’s like okay, this is chaos in the midst of what we’re working to do," Lewis said.
Last summer, the church’s food truck van was stolen. That one was found a couple weeks later stranded in the city. Pastor Lewis says it’s not the end of the world. They do have insurance on the van and he’s still hopeful someone will recognize the thief from the video.
Lewis says he’s more upset about the woman down the street who had her car stolen Wednesday Night. Nichole Dew is a single mom and her Dodge Neon was her only way to get to work.
"My car seat was stolen three weeks ago and now my car. People feel that this is somewhere where they can steal and they can get away with it. I mean there’s absolutely no evidence we have nothing my car is gone start over," explained Dew.
According to the St. Louis Metropolitan Police, there have been 24 reported car thefts in the Patch Neighborhood so far this year. That’s actually down from the same time period last year, when 39 were reported.