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Valentine's bandits burglarize Clearwater hotel

Posted at 11:24 PM, Feb 15, 2016

An 18-year-old and 15-year-old juvenile were arrested after Clearwater police said they used a housekeeper's master key to break into four different rooms Valentine’s Day afternoon.

Camry Clark, 18, was arrested after she admitted to police she stole items from several hotel rooms at the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa.

According to arrest warrants, Clark and her male accomplice stole more than $1,200 worth of electronics and other valuables from rooms 909, 913, 916, and room 923.  

“That's why we put everything in the safe this way we know our stuff is secure," Lorenzo Pugliano, a guest at the Hyatt Regency said.  

Pugliano is staying at the hotel for the next week after flying in on Valentine’s Day from New York City.

“We've been to this place four times, it is always been great and secure,” Pugliano said. “I think yesterday was a little of a bigger crowd cause it was Valentine's Day. But, anybody could make a mistake. They (maids) leave their card on the carts, someone walks by and takes it anything is possible. Anything can happen, anytime, any second anywhere. I am from New York. People steal stuff out of your pocket without you even knowing.”

The hotel would not comment on camera but sent an emailed statement:

The safety and security of our guests and associates is the highest priority at Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa.  We are cooperating fully with the local authorities in their investigation of this incident.   Further inquiries should be directed to the Clearwater Police Department, Chad Eding General Manager.  
 
Police said Clark admitted to using the house keeping key and admitted to stealing items from several rooms inside the hotel.

Some visitors who aren’t staying at the Hyatt questioned the hotel’s policy on keeping key cards secure.

“It’s scary, if it is that easy to swipe it,” Barry Cohen said. “Most of the time I am more concerned about people coming in the maid service. I wouldn't even think about someone else taking the key and coming in.”

Clark is charged with multiple felony counts that include grand theft and burglary.