INDIANAPOLIS – While this past weekend was great business for local hotels, Tuesday morning was a bad one for three hotels that were targeted by criminals.
Indianapolis Metropolitan police said an armed suspect robbed the desk clerk at the Days Inn Suites near I-69 and 82nd Street around 12:30 Tuesday morning. The clerk handed over about $400 in cash before watching the man run out the door.
About two hours later, the same thing happened at the Motel 6 on Michigan Road near I-465. In that case, the suspect got away with a much smaller amount.
“The clerk gave him $60 and the suspect said ‘Is that it?'” said Officer Chris Wilburn with IMPD.
Four hours after the first robbery, a valet at the downtown Crown Plaza Hotel apparently left an office door unlocked when he went to park a car. He was gone long enough for two men to run into the office and make off with a safe.
While the Crown Plaza burglary appears to be an isolated incident, detectives were looking for possible connections between the Days Inn and Motel 6 robberies.
At each location, the suspect was described as a black male wearing gloves and either a hat or ski mask. But differences between the suspect descriptions are also noted in police reports.
The two armed robberies were both on the north side, very close to interstate access, separated by a couple miles and a couple hours.
If it turns out that detectives are looking for the same person or group, they may have a good lead to work with and possibly even a name or alias.
The clerk at the Days Inn noted that the door chime that sounds whenever somebody enters the building never went off before the armed suspect appeared at the counter. That could mean the suspect had been staying at the hotel as a guest.
“We applaud that clerk for noticing the little details because sometimes the little things are the big break in these cases,” Wilburn said.
Anyone with information about either of these crimes is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (317) 262-TIPS.