Vandals Damage Dozens of Vehicles Parked On West Columbus Hotel Parking Lot
Columbus Police are investigating two dozen reports of vehicle break in's and vandalism reports from a hotel parking lot overnight.
Guests staying at The Courtyard Marriott at 2350 Westbelt Drive say they woke up to shattered car windows and missing items from their vehicles.
"We came out at about 6:15 and saw glass by our car and then kind of turned and saw glass everywhere and so we went in and notified security," said Mike Carnes of Illinois. The firefighter from the Chicago area is spending the weekend in Columbus. He and several other victims are here for a softball tournament. Many morning games were missed, and families were left standing around after vandals struck their vehicles overnight.
It appears the vandals used pry-bars to break windows.
"It's been a disaster, schedules are thrown off, my Acadia is just full of broken glass and I've got girls riding to the tournament with me. It's just a shame," said James Herron.
In some cases victims say their purses, iPads and other electronic devices were stolen.
Columbus Police tell 10TV that many of the vehicles were parked in the back of the parking lot and just outside of the room windows. They say some guests heard commotion going on in the middle of the night but nobody was able to get a good description of any suspects.
The hotel does not have exterior surveillance cameras. The hotel manager did not immediately return our calls for comment but a sign posted by the entrance reads "not responsible for theft or damage to vehicles."
"Unfortunately it cost us a lot of money to get our cars repaired and it wasted a lot of our time," said Carnes.
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