Man Breaks Into Multiple Cars in Prattville Hotel Parking Lots


By Catalina Trivino

CBS 8 is Taking Action Against Crime -- Prattville police asked us for help cracking down on a rash of car break-ins at hotels. It doesn't sound like a major crime... until you're a victim. We have exclusive video of how these break-ins are happening.

Police say the thief is smashing into car windows and stealing electronics, but here's the catch: everytime he's making his rounds to these hotels he's using a different vehicle.

This is exclusive surveillence video -- police say a thief is breaking into cars in not one, or two, but three hotel parking lots in Prattville. Three different cars -- but police say it's the same person inside of them.
"It frustrates us to no end because our biggest thing is to take care of our guests and when something like that happens, it's out of our control," Said LaQuinta Inn general manager, Arthur Edwards.

Edwards says cars at his LaQuinta Inn have been broken into six times since the March 29th incident. You see a dark Chevy Tahoe park at the hotel, a male wearing dark clothes gets out and shines a flashlight against the windows, then smashes them in.

Here's video from the Days Inn on April 21st: he's driving a white Dodge Calibur.

Over the weekend (Saturday), police say the man drove a Chevrolet Impala at the Days Inn and broke into several cars.

Police say the burglar is stealing hundreds of dollars worth of items everytime.

"He's breaking the window and he's taking out GPS's, computers, i-Pads, whatever property he thinks he feels he can trade off," Said Cpt. Diane Hamm with the Prattville Police Department.

Cpt. Hamm says the same person is also breaking into cars at the Quality Inn. So far, a total of 13 cars in about two and a half months.

"It's very disappointing because I mean, people come here and they trust that we're going to keep an eye on their stuff while they're sleeping," Said Gabby Newton, a Days Inn employee.

Both Newton and Edwards say they're tired of it.

"It makes you mad! You want to get your hands on the people doing this," Said Edwards.

Police say there's no pattern on what days this thief is coming to these hotels, but they say he's usually making his rounds between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m.

To re-iterate: Police say the person was seen driving a dark Chevy Tahoe, a white Dodge Calibur and a Chevy Impala. If you can help Prattville police solve this crime, you're asked to call Crimestoppers at 215-STOP.

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