Multiple room break-ins, thefts reported at popular hotel

A family says it stayed at an Albuquerque hotel, only to have most of their belongings stolen from their room.

Tiffany Weinrich and her family were staying at the Wyndham Hotel off Carlisle and I-40 last weekend. They say they went swimming at the hotel pool only to return to find $1,000 worth of their belongings gone.

“When we left the pool and came back, we found the room completely how we left it, except all of our bags were gone,” Weinrich said.

The police report states there was no sign of forced entry.

What’s more, Weinrich said the hotel staff was no help.

“… That unless you can prove without a doubt it was an inside person, the hotel’s not going to do anything to help,” she said.

When Weinrich posted about the incident on Facebook, people claimed they were also victims at the same hotel in recent weeks.

“The longer the post was up, I just kept getting messages from random people telling me, ‘That same thing happened to me. I understand your exact feelings. Our bags were all taken, too,'” Weinrich explained.

“It appears they are having upticks in break-ins to the hotel rooms,” APD Officer Simon Drobik said.

It’s a popular hotel drawing crowds with the only indoor water park in the state on site.

Since early June, records show APD has taken multiple reports at the Wyndham. Items worth hundreds of dollars were reportedly stolen from hotel rooms and cars.

APD is now investigating Weinrich’s case, and police say it’s up to the hotel to enhance security with a surveillance system or better security.

Drobik adds it’s a reminder that crooks hone in on crowded areas like hotels. 

“When you do check in somewhere, just ask, ‘What kind of security do you have? What kind of surveillance do you have?’ It’s just kind of the times we live in,” he said.

APD said one way it could work to deter crime at this hotel is by adding extra enforcement in the area, but the hotel would have to request that service.

KRQE News 13 reached out to Wyndham corporate for a response to the allegations and asked if they would work with APD to boost security, but did not hear back. 

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