Halifax trip gone bad: Minnesota family robbed of cash, debit cards, at Peggy’s Cove

Haley Ryan, Metro Halifax
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PEGGY'S COVE - For the past year, Lori Schumacker had looked forward to visiting Peggy’s Cove with her children and seeing the ocean for the first time in her life.

Lori Schumacker, left, and her daughter Destiny Skaj, look inside their van that was broken into while out sight-seeing at Peggy's Cove on Tuesday. The family from Minnesota came to Nova Scotia to see the ocean and became virtually penny-less thanks to a thief.

But after a swim in Cranberry Cove near the popular lighthouse Tuesday around 5 p.m., Schumacker realized two purses and a camera bag were missing from the van she had driven about 3,000 kilometres from Minnesota.

“We were trying to find the wallet to go into [a] store,” Schumacker said about the moment she realized the purses were gone.

“It was sheer panic,” she said, wiping away tears.

Schumacker said the van was locked during their time at the cove, and she didn’t see any signs of forced entry.

Passports, debit cards, ID’s and over $200 in cash were in the purses while a digital camera and lenses for their larger high-quality camera were also taken, Schumacker said, but an iPad and phones were left.

Her daughter Destiny’s purse was hidden under a dog bed and blankets, Schumacker said as she shook her head and the family’s three rescue puppies ran around her feet.

“It’s been [going] really well up until (Tuesday) night,” Destiny said, adding she was “disappointed” about the theft.

Schumacker, a single mom, said she planned this trip for a year to visit friends, spend time with her kids Logan and Destiny, and have a break from her volunteer ambulance service work.

“Peggy’s Cove, the Bay of Fundy, all of that stuff is different from what we’re used to because we’re locked in the middle of Canada and the United States,” Schumacker said.

On Wednesday afternoon, police turned over one of the purses to Schumacker after someone picked it up at Peggy’s Cove.

The debit cards (which Schumaker had cancelled right away) passports and about $70 were there, which she said will allow them to eat for the next few days while they wait for a replacement card.

The family arrived Sunday, and Schumacker said her U.S. bank hopes to get a new debit card to them by Monday so they are planning to “make the best” of their time here.

“We might as well finish the vacation and figure out how to get home,” she said.

Schumacker said she hopes anyone who saw something suspicious in the area around 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday comes to police, or turns in the other missing purse and black camera backpack in to Room 110 at the Wedgewood Motel.

Organizations: U.S. bank

Geographic location: Minnesota, Cranberry Cove, Bay of Fundy Canada United States

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  • gary mills
    August 21, 2014 - 22:03

    sounds suspicious to me...she sounds like she is wanting hands outs to pay for her vacation...if someone stole her purse they would not of left 70$ in there and threw it away...her story just don't add up