Robbery Operation Targets Tourists outside Hotels near Miami-Dade Airport

Evidence points to connection between robberies; police advise video security, education of guests


Six days later, on Oct. 5, Grand Cayman resident Maureen Hislop, 46, was robbed at the same AmeriSuites.

Hislop's husband, Clifton, parked their car near the front door to check into the hotel. While the couple was getting items from the trunk, a car pulled up behind them, the passenger in the car jumped out and grabbed Hislop's pocketbook. After a brief struggle, the thief ran with the purse to his car with Clifton Hislop chasing after him.

As he tried to retrieve the purse, Hislop was dragged for a few moments as the thief drove away.

''Both incidents took place under the hotel's front door porte-cochere, one of them during daylight hours,'' said Zuck, the Prime Hospitality spokesman.

''Prior to the incidents occurring, we had security on duty for eight hours per day, which is in line with industry standards,'' Zuck said. ``Since then, we have increased security presence to 24 hours per day until a full-time security camera monitoring system can be installed.''

East of the airport, at Baymont Inn, 3501 NW 42nd Ave., Buelah German, 68, of Aruba was robbed at 6:03 p.m. Oct. 11, while unloading her luggage from a rental car. The thief got away with her purse containing $6,000, an Aruban passport and credit cards.

THREE ROBBED

Three tourists were robbed in separate incidents on Sept. 19, Sept. 28 and Oct. 20 at La Quinta Inn, 7401 NW 36th St., west of the airport and close to the Palmetto Expressway.

La Quinta spokeswoman Ferguson said the hotel has security in place.

''We are doing what we can to inform our guests and employees,'' she said. ''This is in the hands of the Miami-Dade police, and we are cooperating fully with them. We have signage throughout the properties warning our guests to lock their doors, to be aware and not to leave items in their cars,'' Ferguson said.

Two incidents were reported at the Sleep Inn, 105 Fairway Dr.

''Our hotels implement a multi-prong security program, including use of professional security programs,'' said Ned Heiss, regional vice president for Sunburst Hospitality Corp., parent company of Comfort Inn and Sleep Inn.

The Red Roof Inn, 3401 NW 42nd Ave., was the scene of an attack at 10:45 a.m. Oct. 22. Adelle Reimer, 71, of Alberta, Canada, was walking with her husband, Ernest, in front of the hotel when she was robbed of her handbag.

The thief dragged Reimer several feet in the parking lot before she let go of her bag. Ernest Reimer leaned into the thief's car in an attempt to stop him and was punched several times in the face.