ATLANTA – People staying at posh Atlanta hotels say they have their things stolen while they sleep.
It’s happened a handful of times at Crowne Plaza Midtown on West Peachtree Street since September.
Matt Johnson of Channel 2 was at the hotel, where there are still many questions about why and how thefts continue to occur.
In each case, victims said they locked their doors, but somehow, perhaps with a master key or a recycled one, someone stands right next to them while they are sleeping. .
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Ajah Cottman said she woke up to find her stolen credit cards last Sunday. She is one of at least ten people who have reported thefts there in recent months.
Cottoman said it was even scarier that someone was in her room while she was sleeping.
“How could someone get into my room?” My purse was beside my head on the nightstand, ”Cottman said. “Anything could have happened that night. Thank goodness it isn’t, but anything could have happened.
One victim told police she was “woken up by an unknown man wearing no shirt or mask”.
Another victim told police she woke up with her door cracked, the security lock still in place and her items missing.
“As much money as we spent there, you should feel safe and secure,” Cottman said.
A spokesperson for the hotel made a statement to Johnson, saying:
“We have been in contact with the independently owned and operated Crowne Plaza Atlanta Midtown, and understand that the hotel management team is working with local authorities to investigate these incidents. The hotel also has 24-hour security and has added additional patrols to ensure the highest level of security for guests and team members.
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Security expert Parris Brooks, who is CEO of Gridiron Protection, said there was a possibility that a master key or an old key could be used.
“They absolutely have to do a key audit,” Brooks said.
He said there are steps you can take to make sure the old keys can’t be used easily.
“Either way, just ask for a new key,” Brooks said. “Make sure and make sure this is a new key and has not been duplicated.”
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