ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - Orlando police officers responded to multiple car break-ins at a hotel near Orlando International Airport over the weekend. What officers at first believed to be four smash-and-grab burglaries, turned into roughly 60 total hits and thousands of dollars in damage. It happened at the Staybridge Suites, located at 7450 Augusta National Drive.
Mark Greenland was one of the first victims to talk with police. He drove up from West Palm Beach to visit friends in Orlando and stayed one night at hotel. That's when his 2013 Mercedes-Benz was broken into, his driver's window smashed, and $300 in cash stolen. "I couldn't figure out a reason why that happened, but when I looked around I saw that there were other vehicles that were broken into."
His car is one of dozens that were broken into overnight Saturday. "To replace the window and get it repainted, it cost $500," Greenland explained. "I had to drive to West Palm Beach with the broken window. You know, it's pretty cold out right now."
Everything from jewelry, to cash and iPods was stolen from the vehicles. Police have not released any information about suspects and say that no video of the crimes is available at this time. Greenland says the hotel needs to do more to protect their customers. "They need to have a better security system in place. They need proper lighting, security personnel on the premises."
Break-ins were also reported at a nearby Ramada. Management from both hotels declined to comment.