Moline Acres Police Dept. in St. Louis, MO Complaint - How Dare You?

Review by dkulaid on 2010-06-30
SAINT LOUIS, MISSOURI -- Today my car was broken into in the Moline Acres municipality. I did what you should do, informed security and local police. Police was dispatched and I waited for more than 30 minutes for someone to come. They never did so I went to the station myself. Walked in waited for someone at the window. When a "officer" finally came out I began to tell him what happen and that a shoulder bag with books and magazines was taken from my car. The thiefs probably thought it was a purse. His question to me was "So you're here to report theft of some books that were taken?" HOW DARE YOU? Thats why you think I waited for you and then came up here was to do that? They broke into my car and stole from me..better than that I saw the possible thieves sitting in the car next to me before I went into the store. So if anything I can describe the vehicle and somewhat the two people sitting in it. I know this isn't a major crime but HOW DARE YOU not give me the same urgency and attention as any other VICTIM. I've never been in trouble with the law and am more than an upstanding citizen. And the department made me feel like they COULD CARE LESS. So just don't always assume that the people who are supposed to care and have your back really do...I learned that lesson today.
Comments:15 Replies - Latest reply on 2010-07-01
Posted by Weedwhacked on 2010-06-30:
What's "more" than an upstanding citizen?
Posted by purple_crayon on 2010-06-30:
Well, they could have dealt with your issue in a better way. But, there are other more urgent crimes out there. If the dept. is short staffed,what are they to do? Go to a petty theft or a major more urgent crime? And are you saying,since your "more then upstanding", you are somehow more deserving then someone,less upstanding?
Posted by jktshff1 on 2010-06-30:
So you're here to report theft of some books that were taken?"....What was he supposed to ask???
They did what they should do. You are a victim of a non emergency crime. No on was hurt, no one is in immediate danger. You are cop bashing, they have more important things to do than respond to something that has already happened, they can do nothing about immediately and no one was in danger. All you do if file a report and complaint with the Police, giving the info you have and hope for the best.
I carry a gun 'cause a cop is too heavy.
Posted by madconsumer on 2010-06-30:
it is to bad you had to be dealt with this way. i am sure the officer wasn't thinking 'your' items were of great importance. just because they were 'just' books and magazines, doesn't mean they are not valuable.

did you look around to see if the robber dumped the bag since he realized it wasn't of value?
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-06-30:
Jkt + 100
Posted by Starlord on 2010-06-30:
As a former deputy sheriff, I must agree with jkt on this one. He is spot on, as usual. Theft of books from a vehicle, while it may be serious to you is rather low on the list of priorities of a modern working police agency. There is little to no chance of making an apprehension, and less of a chance of developing any form of usable leads. they are not going to send a crime scene team out to dust your car for prints, because it will cost the department over $750 to clean up your car, and with the current economy, it just will not produce any usable evidence. What steps have you taken to prevent the recurrence of a similar crime. Was your car locked? (sounds dumb, but you would be surprised a the number of burglaries fgrom cars when they were unlocked.) Do you have a functioning alarm system? Was it set? Crime is not a police problem, it is a human problem. If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem. The SCOTUS has declared the police have no requirement to protect you, because they have a general duty to protect all the citizens. You must take the bull by the horns and protect yourself. I carry a .45 because they don't make a .46.
Posted by jktshff1 on 2010-06-30:
Starlord, they do make a .50 but it's just as heavy and big as a cop. LOL
Posted by Starlord on 2010-06-30:
ROFL, good one. I saw some footage of a soldier or Marine firing a Barrett Light Rifle over a blasted wall, and he could not hold onto it. gave me a whole new perspective on the .50 cal.
Posted by jktshff1 on 2010-06-30:
The Baby Eagle in .45 is a great handgun.
Posted by Disaster Worker on 2010-06-30:
In the future, don't have personal items out in the open for people to see. While your event was huge to you, please see it through their eyes that it's minor in comparison to everything else they have on their plates. It's like when people call 911 for "major bleeding". We tear out with lights and sirens only to find there is no bleeding and a little cut that they could have put a band-aid on. So we're taken out of service for something so minor and aren't available when a major accident happens. Please try to see our side of things!
Posted by Pepper on 2010-06-30:
and call your insurance company
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-07-01:
Yeah more important things like swarming at a residential intersections in order to write seat belt violation tickets ya know in order to get that 'click-it or ticket' federal money so that they can buy more unmarked cop cars ya know so they can drive them home and about town.

It's a shame that pretty much all you get these days from the police when you're a victim of theft is a police report to turn into your insurance. Yet on the other hand they constantly gripe about being underfunded, under paid and over utilized. By over utilized I assume they're not talking about hanging out flirting at the OnCue drinking free sodas for hours on end. Municipal police departments are a joke these days and I'm not laughing.

Posted by momsey on 2010-07-01:
I don't go to my local police department for good customer service, and I don't really want them to have to be trained to be super duper nice to anyone who walks through their doors. You were able to fill out a police report, correct? They didn't prevent you from doing that? Then, I don't see a valid complaint here. So the cop could have been nicer. So?
Posted by dkulaid on 2010-07-01:
Thanks for all the comments posted. I wasn't concerned so much bout the bag...but my car is damaged, and like I said I saw the thieves. I just wish that their was a little more kindness for someone who felt helpless. No need for a APB. And no cop bashing just my 3cents. After reading some of the comments unfortunately everyone is entitled to one.
Posted by dkulaid on 2010-07-01:
Thanks for all the comments..I wasn't so concerned bout the bag. But my car was damaged and like I said I saw the thieves and their vehicle beforehand. No need for an APB and no cop bashing just my experience and my3cents. Respect that.

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