(Nov. 23, 2018) A 24-year-old man accused of going into a hotel room and stealing more than $1,000 worth of items was arrested last Thursday, after he was seen on surveillance video.
According to police, the accused, Aaron Jeffrey McCargo, was charged with first-degree burglary after being recorded entering and leaving a hotel room multiple times.
A guest at the Comfort Inn told police early that morning that someone had entered his hotel room while he was sleeping and had taken his wallet, cell phone, Playstation controller, a sweater, and a Bluetooth speaker, according to the arrest report. The items were valued at $1,009.
The victim said the door to his room was not locked and he hadn’t pushed the door all the way closed. Surveillance showed a man leave room 514 at around 1:25 a.m., and enter room 515. A few minutes later, he returned to room 514 and then went back to 515 again, police said.
In subsequent trips, a man was seen carrying items out of the room.
A woman staying in room 514 later told police she found an empty wallet and Bluetooth speaker in her room, but didn’t know how the items got there, according to the report. Surveillance showed a man, later identified as McCargo coming and going from room 514 after leaving the victim’s room.
The hotel desk manager also told police someone found the victim’s phone and turned it into the front desk.
Police believe McCargo could have been staying with his mother at the hotel, according to the report. Officers later found McCargo at the intersection of 53rd Street and Coastal Highway.
McCargo was identified, and the victim said he was wearing his Abercrombie and Fitch sweatshirt, according to the arrest report.