ST. LOUIS (KPLR) - It was a travel nightmare for a Wisconsin family visiting St. Louis. All their luggage, along with their rental car, was stolen in Forest Park.
The Lika family spent Tuesday evening inside their Wildwood hotel, getting ready to head back to Milwaukee. They were going to continue onto Branson, but after what happened in St. Louis Monday afternoon, they decided to cut their Missouri trip four days short.
The Lika’s loves to travel, so it was a no-brainer to drive from Milwaukee to St. Louis for a week-long vacation. They stayed downtown, enjoying the sites, from the top of the Arch to a Mississippi riverboat.
On Monday, they packed up to head to Wildwood, since they wanted to spend a day at Six Flags. On the way, they stopped in Forest Park to visit the museums. They parked in the visitor’s center lot, which they thought would be secure, but it wasn’t.
Fifteen year-old Regina Lika says, “We decided to call the police because our car was stolen. That’s where we parked, and there was glass on the floor.”
Gone was their Toyota rental car, along with all their clothing, toiletries, iPads and laptop. The upset family filed a police report at the Forest Park mounted police station. That’s where cab driver Umar Lee picked them up. Lee says, “As a St. Louisan, I don’t want people to come to our beautiful city, and leave with a bad impression in their heart.”
Regina Lika says the incident hasn’t colored their impression of St. Louis, especially since the Wildwood Hotel was so accommodating: “They gave us toothbrushes, shaving cream, they even gave us a shuttle ride to Six Flags; they’ve been super nice. It’s nice to try to keep a positive attitude, you know? I’m not going to judge the entire city because of some rotten apples.”
Lee, who is also a community activist, wants to make sure the family leaves St. Louis impressed by the generosity of its residents. He tweeted about their story, and from that, a GoFundMe page was formed. If you’re interested in contributing to help this Milwaukee family replace some of their stolen belongings, you can donate here: http://www.gofundme.com/3b3be65ne6m4