Cars burglarized in SLO motel parking lots for a second time

jlavelle@thetribunenews.comNovember 30, 2013 

More than 20 cars were broken into and items stolen in motel parking lots Saturday night or early Sunday morning, San Luis Obispo police said.

The vehicle burglaries occurred at the Best Western on Madonna Road; and at three motels on Calle Joaquin — the Hampton Inn, Courtyard at Marriott and Rose Garden Inn, said police Sgt. Chad Pfarr.

The burglars apparently used a screwdriver wedged into the weather-stripping around the passenger side windows to pop the glass and get inside the vehicles, he said. Electronics and GPS devices in plain view were among the items stolen, he said.

The break-ins were similar to another rash of nighttime car burglaries that occurred Oct. 19. That time, 11 cars were broken into at four motels, including the Best Western and Courtyard Marriott.

“We’re not sure if it’s the same crew,” Pfarr said Saturday. “None of these motels have cameras on them. So, no leads at this point.”

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