ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - Car windows smashed in, the interior ransacked, and broken glass on the ground: More than a dozen cars were broken into over Sunday night, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office.
An Orange County Deputy on scene told FOX 35 that 19 cars were broken into overnight at the Westwood Suites Apartments near International Drive. That's near the heart of the tourist district.
“It’s really hurtful," said Raul, whose car was broken into. Raul and his wife woke up to deputies knocking on their door Monday morning. They ran outside and saw two of their car windows smashed. Even his wife’s sweater was stolen.
“You work 3 years in a row just to make sure you can get the car you want, then you wake up one morning and you find this?” he asked.
This was just one of several car break-ins that night. Orange County Sheriff's Office Spokesperson Jane Watrell said that deputies also responded to break-ins at LaQuinta Inn on Universal Boulevard, where two cars were broken into.
After that, deputies went to several other addresses, including:
- 6850 Westwood Blvd (Hilton Garden Inn): 2 burglaries
- 11000 Westwood Blvd (Marriott Residence Inn): 6 burglaries
- 7003 Sea Harbor Drive (Hampton Inn): 3 burglaries
"All the vehicles had their windows smashed. It is believed these incidents are related." Watrel said Monday.
“You don’t hear of things like this here," Raul said. "It’s never happened before.”
It will cost Raul more than $1,000 to fix the damage. “Now, I’ll have to basically use all credit cards, and make payments later," he explained.
Limo driver Pablo Vo’s car was hit, too. Now, he cannot work today and will probably lose hundreds of dollars, let alone the $500 to fix his busted windows.
“They broke the window, they broke the glove compartment," Vo explained. "They tried to steal something.”
An iPod Touch was even stolen from Lugo Enrique’s car. He stated that he was “afraid, nervous, scared,"
A deputy on scene reported that they do not have any suspects yet.