Saint Paul Almanac’s red trailer used to collect stories across the city was stolen overnight this week in St. Paul’s Summit-University neighborhood.
St. Paul police and Saint Paul Almanac Executive Director Kimberly Nightingale said the “Storymobile” was taken from the 400 block of Marshall Avenue between midnight and 6:30 a.m. Tuesday.
There are no suspects or arrests in the case.
“People make mistakes, and maybe they didn’t realize, but they actually stole a very unique, weird thing,” Nightingale said.
The trailer was parked across from Nightingale’s home. She said it’s typically parked outside as a means of promotion. “It’s good advertising to have it in a public area, that’s why we were doing it that way,” she said.
Storymobile is described on its website as “a movable community engagement space — on wheels and solar powered — where artists/writers and community members work with residents in writing, speaking, performing, and recording the stories of their lives.”
The trailer is 7-by-10 feet and “bright red” with the Storymobile logo and website address. The VIN number is 533SC1015HC261467.
“Obviously, we will find an inside shelter for our trailer when it is returned; we welcome suggestions in the neighborhood to house our trailer and Storymobile unit,” according to the Saint Paul Almanac website, which also said that an anonymous donor pledged a $500 reward for information leading to its safe return.
The trailer was last used Nov. 17 to collect stories about lutefisk at Immanuel Lutheran Church’s 68th Annual Lutefisk Dinner. Nightingale said no content was lost because it is saved to the cloud.
Anyone with information can call police at 651-291-1111. Saint Paul Almanac also asked anyone with information to contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 651-785-6268.