Family visiting Montreal has PHD stolen / offering $5,000 REWARD for missing items
Family visiting Montreal has PHD stolen – They love Montreal, but when Melisa Kohan and her family from Syracuse, NY were visiting her 90 year old great-aunt in Montreal for Thanksgiving, their visit turned into a nightmare. On Saturday November 25th, they were preparing to head back home and had packed up their SUV, parked on Drummond St. near the corner of Sherbrooke, and then went back up to her great-aunt’s apartment to spend a bit more time with her before saying goodbye. Less than two hours later around 11:30am when they went back down, their pleasant trip to Montreal took a bad turn. Melisa contacted the Montreal Times newspaper, desperate to get more help, as she and her family felt the police were not being very supportive.
Their vehicle had been broken into – in broad daylight on a crowded street. The back passenger side window had been smashed and they were robbed of some precious and important items.
“That’s pretty much when the worst experience of my life began… our bags had been packed and tucked into back area, but I guess there were some bags that must have been visible. They weren’t out in plain sight, but were still seen,” said Melisa. “The police came, they didn’t seem to care. They said ‘oh’ we’ve had five calls like this today in the same area. They wrote down the information… they took the serial numbers from the computers and just said if anything pops up we’ll let you know and that was it. It was like ‘okay, bye’ and that was all that we heard from them.”
They headed back to Syracuse, collected their things and then she and her husband drove back to Montreal to post their own signs all around the area, listing the items stolen and offering a $5000 reward. An officer they spoke with later on said another car in the very same spot had also been broken into.
“We weren’t able to get any help from the police, the only way to do anything is to do it yourself… there’s nowhere else to go,” she said, clearly upset. “Were just visiting my ninety year old aunt and then she had to witness all this… it was awful, it was truly awful. We love the city of Montreal, it’s such a shame that this happened. I’m just trying to re-piece everything back together because it totally derailed our lives.”
While they posting the signs on the same street, they also looked around in some dumpsters and although they did not find any of their things, they did find some unusual items which according to her husband Neil, point to a major problem in Montreal.
“We inspected several (dumpsters) in our attempts to retrieve our belongings. They are riddled with remnants of other stolen computers, computer bags, even a school knapsack discarded with books and all,” he offered.
Neil was the biggest victim of this theft. His PhD dissertation with thousands of hours and 5 years of work were stolen – his career and future taken. Also stolen were passports and over $5,000 in items, including his Lenovo laptop and USB key, Melisa’s Lenovo work laptop, her mother’s MacBook Pro, Nexus Card and Passport, as well as other family member’s passports. On top of all that, they now have to worry about identity theft as well.
Neil’s last words were, ‘Thanks for your willingness to do this. Even if nothing is retrieved, perhaps we will be the faces of this rising theft issue. A tragic end to a vacation visit to a wonderful city’.
The poster shown with this article also indicates some other items stolen, but here are the serial numbers of two of the three computers stolen from their Navy Blue SUV Audi on Drummond St.:
– MacBook Pro S/N C02R32YXFVH8
– Lenovo T460S S/N PC0055LU
– The number for the now canceled MasterCard which the criminals used to pay for parking is: 5588
3200 1125 9398
If anyone was around the area on Saturday November 25th and saw anything, found something or came across any of the items listed here and on their poster or even in a pawn shop or solicited to buy any of the items – anything that could be helpful in their desperate search please contact them at:
– Or call any of these numbers:
1 315 427 9113 / (315) 657-5266 / (315) 546-6207
*You can also contact the Montreal Times: (514) 457-7656 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Bonnie Wurst – mtltimes.ca