Olympic figure skater Marissa Castelli was robbed last week while getting dinner with her family in San Francisco. The 2014 Sochi alum parked her rented SUV outside of a restaurant in Japantown and returned to find the windows smashed. Several pieces of luggage, containing two custom-made figure skating dresses worth $1,000 each, were stolen from the vehicle.
The burglar also made off with Marissa’s iPad, jewelry, and the keys to her apartment. “A thief smashed the window to our rental car [and] took a couple of bags. One of those bags contained my skates and my costumes. I am heartbroken,” she wrote in a tweet on Jan. 9.
The 27-year-old — who was participating in the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in San Jose over the past week — said in an interview with CBS San Francisco that she still had fun skating in the Olympic trials, even though she didn’t make the team. She and her partner, Mervin Tran, earned sixth place. In fact, she’s more upset about the theft.
“The one thing that skaters can’t live without is our costumes and our skates. And anytime I travel with it, I bring it on the plane,” Marissa said. “I always have my costumes, I always have my skates. Just in case I lose my luggage, I have that. I know we’re done with the competition, but still, it’s such like a huge shock not to have my skates or my costumes.”
She filed a police report and asked for anyone with information about the burglary to contact her on Twitter. Authorities say car burglaries in the city have increased by 24 percent in the last year. The investigation is still ongoing.
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