Seeking Suspects in Hotel Robberies

By: Shane Symolon Email
By: Shane Symolon Email

Authorities in Staunton and Augusta County are still pursuing suspects in three armed robberies at hotels on Christmas Eve.

The sheriff's office is warning hotels to be on the lookout for another strike, because officials think at least two of the robbers are connected and these robbers may try again due to their successes.

They have descriptions of two suspects thanks to witnesses and surveillance cameras.

Augusta County investigator Brian Jenkins says, "Cause we're not just going on a human's memory. We have actual archival images that we can tell exactly what they're wearing, shape, size and description."

They're suggesting every hotel get a security camera just in case. Authorities are also asking hotel clerks to keep their guard up and be on the lookout for suspicious looking people, because criminals may check out a location before robbing it.

Jenkins says, "These things tend to happen in rashes, and it's human nature. If you're comfortable doing something, you’re going to repeat it. If you're in a comfort zone, you may strike again."

The sheriff's office says that surveillance cameras can also give other clues such as what type of weapon a thief is using and which way a suspect went to escape.


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