Shannon FitzPatrick was excited to show her husband and two children her grandfather’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame when the family traveled to Los Angeles in July for a wedding.
But while shopping in the Melrose District, the vacation turned into an ordeal that still haunts FitzPatrick. Someone had smashed the back window of the family’s rented SUV and stolen suitcases, backpacks and valuables worth more than $4,000.
“It was frustrating, heartbreaking and seriously scary for the kids, but thankfully no one was injured,” said FitzPatrick, a Florida realtor who grew up in Southern California. “One of the