A local couple told WOWT 6 News Monday they are experiencing insult to injury after a stolen purse led to a mess of other problems. It happened at the Hillside Ballpark fields.
“I wouldn't think that you'd want to be that exposed, and it was pure daylight out and people coming and going all the time," said Susan Miles. She was shocked she fell victim to a car break-in at the same at the park she brings her two daughters to every week. “They broke the passenger window and stole my purse, my purse was sitting on the seat,” she explained.
She parked just 20 feet away from the bleachers, next to a stop sign. In a family park, next to a busy intersection, she didn't think twice. “You feel like there’s this little comfort about being there and you don't think about the fact that strangers would come. And since this has been happening I’ve talked to other people who say it’s not uncommon for this to happen in ballparks, because I guess everyone feels safe at a ballpark.”
Now that comfort is gone. The thieves had her address, credit cards, house keys and husbands truck keys. That Thursday night, they changed the house locks and canceled the cards. They decided to wait till the next morning to change the truck locks. That decision -- left them striking out again.
“After we went to bed they came and stole my husbands truck -- so insult to injury,” Miles explained. After that, they found it stripped down sitting in an auto lot. Parts were taken from both the outside and inside.
On top of that, the Miles are softball coaches and Girl Scout leaders. In the thief’s hands, the Girl Scout account information, with over a thousand dollars, as well as the team softball equipment, also pushing the thousand dollar mark. Susan has frozen the Girl Scout account.
The Miles are now waiting to hear back from their insurance provider for the car, but all-in-all they say they will end up losing about 1 thousand to 2 thousand dollars.