San Francisco auto burglar steals Olympic skater’s costumes

FILE--In this Jan. 4, 2018, file photo, Marissa Castelli, top, and Mervin Tran perform during the pairs short program at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in San Jose, Calif. Castelli had two pricey costumes and her skates stolen from a rental SUV while visiting San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, file)
FILE--In this Jan. 4, 2018, file photo, Marissa Castelli, top, and Mervin Tran perform during the pairs short program at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in San Jose, Calif. Castelli had two pricey costumes and her skates stolen from a rental SUV while visiting San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, file)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A U.S. Olympic figure skater had two pricey costumes and her skates stolen from a rental SUV when while visiting San Francisco.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported Tuesday that Marissa Castelli was competing in the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in nearby San Jose last week.

She and her parents visited the Japantown neighborhood for lunch Monday before returning home to Rhode Island.

A burglar broke into the SUV and stole several pieces of luggage that included two skating costumes worth at least $1,000 each and her figure skates.

Castelli competed in the 2014 winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, and is the 2017 U.S. national silver medalist.

San Francisco is plagued by auto burglaries, with a record of more than 30,000 reported last year, a 24 percent increase over 2016.

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Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com

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