ST. LOUIS–(KMOX)–He’s one of the top elected officials in the city of St. Louis, and now Board of Aldermen President Lewis Reed knows what it feels like to have his car stolen.
“You can’t help but to be a little angry, because it upsets all kinds of things in your life,” Reed said.
According to Reed, his older model Dodge Durango SUV — with about 100,000 miles on it — was stolen overnight parked outside his home in the 2900 block of Russell in the Compton Heights neighborhood. When police recovered it two days later, Reed says the door lock was broken, the steering column shattered and everything in the car had been stolen.
“They didn’t leave a stitch of paper in there,” Reed said, “I think about all of the people this happens to in the city, about ten people, each and every day.”
Reed praised police for their speed in finding the car, and he says he reported it stolen through a non-emergency call to police headquarters, pulling no political strings or asking for special attention.
He estimates the cost of repairs will be around $1,500, but he says he probably won’t file a claim with his insurance.
“I’m not going to turn it over to insurance, because then they’re just going to up my rates more,” Reed said.