A Vancouver small enterprise proprietor says one-third of her stock was stolen from her automobile in a parkade break-in on New 12 months’s Eve.
Elaine Li is a mannequin, influencer, and proprietor of Livelite Athletica — an activewear model she designs herself. Li had packed a suitcase filled with items for an upcoming commerce present and somebody smashed her again window and stole it out of her parkade.
“I wished to warn different folks to by no means depart something necessary to them of their automobiles right here,” Li stated. “I don’t need this ever to occur to anybody else.”
Her automobile was in her constructing’s safe parkade on Alberni Road. She even backed into her spot so it could be tougher for thieves to look inside. However on January 1, she got here downstairs to search out the suitcase gone — together with a therapeutic massage desk she’d gotten for Christmas.
“I used to be just about devastated. I fell to my knees simply crying,” she stated.
Li and her boyfriend took photographs and movies, contacted police, and requested the concierge if they might entry safety footage. They’re nonetheless ready to see the safety digital camera feed.
Day by day Hive reached out to the Vancouver Police Division to see if it’s been in a position to make any progress however has not but heard again. On its web site, the VPD says automobile break-ins proceed to be a standard crime in Vancouver and advise residents to not depart something of their parked automobiles.
The retail worth of the items in Li’s suitcase was about $5,700, and that amounted to about one-third of her stock — an enormous setback for the enterprise she’s been operating for a few yr.
She’s reached out to ICBC and her tenant insurance coverage supplier — however stated neither would chunk on protecting the contents of her automobile.
“I’m from a small city in Alberta and these things by no means occurred. So I didn’t suppose something of leaving it there for the evening,” she stated. “I simply really feel violated.”
However she stated the theft isn’t going to cease her. She’s engaged on new designs this yr and hopes her enterprise continues to develop regardless of the theft — and that nobody else has to undergo one thing comparable.