Thief opens hotel cash drawers, makes off with money

Police: 2 similar incidents at Madison lodging businesses possibly connected
Thief opens hotel cash drawers, makes off with money

Police said two thefts from area hotels within an eight-hour period may be related.

Madison police said a man asked the clerk at the Hampton Inn & Suites on Commerce Drive for towels shortly before 5 p.m. Thursday. The clerk thought the man was a guest and left the desk area to get towels. The man got into the hotel’s cash drawer, took money and was gone by the time the worker returned with the towels.

A second similar theft took place across the city shortly before 1 a.m., according to the report. A clerk buzzed a man into the Staybridge Suites on City View Drive. The man was struggling to open the front door and the clerk believed he was a guest. They had a brief conversation before the man walked toward the elevator. The worker went into the office for a moment and saw the man at the register removing money. The man fled as she called 911.

Police said the crimes were similar and the same thief could be responsible.

In both cases, the man was described as white, in his 50s, about 6 feet tall and weighing 200 pounds with a medium to large build. Both descriptions say the man had gray hair. In the Staybridge incident, the thief’s hair was described as shoulder length.