ESTERO FL Dec 27 2016
Lee County deputies are looking for suspects who burglarized 83 vehicles at three hotels and an apartment complex on Christmas morning.
The vehicles were parked at the Embassy Suites, Hampton Inn, and Courtyard at Estero, all on Corkscrew Road, and the Hyatt Regency at Coconut Point.
LCSO said that 83 vehicles were entered, and 75 reports were taken for vandalism and/or burglary.
Victims who spoke with NBC2 at the Embassy Suites said that although nothing of real value was stolen, they have a bone to pick with the hotel, claiming customers weren't notified of the situation promptly.
They're also raising concerns about security at the hotel.
Allan Johnson said he was "completely devastated and violated." He said he had to pay $350 out of pocket for a new window.
John Dalton is out $500 for the insurance deductible.
"It was frustrating. It was Christmas morning, I come down here Christmas morning, and seeing your windows broken," Dalton said.
Dalton said the hotel took hours to notify them of the situation, even after hotel staff found out.
They're even more angry that there aren't any security cameras on the building.
"I came to find out there's no security outside the hotel. There's no cameras, anything like that, no patrols," Johnson said.
Customers arriving at the Hyatt Regency at Coconut Point were worried after learning about the crimes.
"I'm concerned and shocked that a beautiful resort like this would have a break-in on the Christmas holiday," said Meredith Burt of Marco Island.
NBC2 reached out to the properties that were affected. Only Embassy responded with the following statement:
The safety and security of its guests and team members are of paramount importance to the Embassy Suites Fort Myers. As such the hotel is cooperating fully with local authorities who are investigating these incidents. For further details please contact the Lee County Sheriff’s Office at 239-477-1000.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Lee County Sheriff’s Office at (239) 477-1422. To remain anonymous, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477). All callers will remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000. Tips may also be made online at southwestfloridacrimestoppers.com or by submitting a tip on the P3Tips app.