Tourist district hit again with rash of hotel car break-ins


Three hotels along the tourist district were hit with a series of car burglaries. A rash of car break in’s has plagued Central Florida in the past month and detectives are nowhere near catching the crooks or if all of them are connected.

The latest crime happened at the Country Inn & Suites at the 7700 block of Universal Boulevard. Orlando Police told FOX35 News about 45 to 50 cars were burglarized. A total count has not been given out yet.

"I have a '04 abyss and my rear window was broken out,” said Tharell Lewis from Tallahassee. He was staying at the Country Inn and Suites for his sister’s graduation.

He was among dozens of victims waking up Sunday morning to broken glass and missing valuables from their vehicles parked at the hotel’s parking lot.

"Stuff was moved around, glove compartment busted, a few minor things $10, $15 dollars in change was taken other than that I don't know what they were looking for,” stated Lewis.

Most of the cars parked at the hotel were parked in the back parking lot along some bushes. Hotel guests we spoke with had some valuables stolen, while others had nothing missing just a broken window. A couple from Tampa told us the hotel parking lights were not lit last night.


"I talked to the clerk at the desk and they're willing to do whatever they can to help us,” said Lewis.

The hotel property manager wouldn't comment on camera, just saying they're "working closely with Orlando Police." Two other hotels also had several car break in’s overnight. It happened at the Monumental Hotel located in the 12000-block of International Drive and Canada Drive Hotel. It’s unclear how many cars were burglarized, initial reports show at least a dozen break in’s. These 3 hotels are within 15 minutes from each other.

"I think this is a great area just misfortunate for the individuals that are out here doing these types of things,” said Lewis.

In the past month there's been a rash of car burglaries across Central Florida. On January 21st three hotels along I-95 had a total of about a dozen car break in’s. On January 17th near the Orlando International Airport at the Staybridge Hotel there were reports of more than 20 car burglaries. The Ramada Hotel also near OIA had dozens of car break in’s too. That day alone, there were 60 car burglaries reported.

Investigators haven't said if they're all connected but believe a group is targeted tourist hotels across the state. If you have any information about any of these cases call CrimeLine at 1-800-423-TIPS.


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