St. Pete police investigating vehicle burglary spree in hotel parking lot

Windows smashed out in 16 cars
Posted at 6:46 AM, Dec 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-29 17:35:59-05

St. Pete police are investigating a vehicle burglary spree in the parking lot of a St. Pete hotel. 

Officers responded to the Staybridge Suites located on 5th Avenue South early Thursday morning. When they arrived on scene, they found that 16 cars had been entered and 4 were burglary attempts only. 

All of the vehicles involved were parked in the hotel lot, in the south parking area. 

"I noticed that the center compartment of my vehicle was ripped out and I had a spare wallet in there and they took that but the rest of the vehicle was intact," said Stefano Devito, a hotel guest in town vacationing with his daughters from Canada. 

Several hotel guests woke up Thursday morning to find shards of glass scattered in their vehicle's front seats and center console. 

"Most of the vehicles beside us had their windows broken into," said Devito. 

The hotel does have security on site, however there were no witnesses during the incident. 

Police are working to identify suspects involved in this case. The hotel general manager told ABC Action News, surveillance cameras captured some of the crime, but it's not clear if any of the video will be helpful to police.

It's also unknown how the suspect, or suspects, broke the glass windows. 

The overnight smash and grab happened in a matter of 10-15 minutes.   

"You can break into a car and steal something in a matter of seconds, it doesn't take very long," said Rick Shaw, with St. Petersburg Police Department.