Thieves burglarize vehicles parked at 4 hotels in SLO, police say

ppemberton@thetribunenews.comOctober 25, 2013 

Cameras, laptops, wallets and iPads were stolen during a string of vehicle burglaries at four San Luis Obispo hotels in one night, the San Luis Obispo Police Department said.

During the night of Oct. 19, 11 vehicles were burglarized, said police Capt. Keith Storton. In most cases, windows were smashed to gain entry.

Eight of the vehicles were parked at the Holiday Inn Express on Monterey Street. One vehicle was broken into at three other hotel parking lots — the Best Western on Madonna Road, the Courtyard by Marriott on Calle Joaquin, and the Motel 6 South, also on Calle Joaquin.

A vehicle was also stolen from the Motel 6 South and later discovered behind the Golden Gong parking lot on Madonna Road. Police don’t know if the car theft is related, but Storton said it’s likely the stolen car was used to aid the burglars.

There are no suspects, and police are looking to determine whether the burglaries are tied to previous crimes.

Several stolen items were in plain view inside the vehicles. Storton recommends people not leave valuables in their vehicles. If they do, keep them out of view or locked in a trunk, he said.

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