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Metro Warns of 'Door Push' Crime at Hotels

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LAS VEGAS -- Tourists are getting taken for thousands of dollars along the Las Vegas Strip and it isn't happening at a craps or card table. According to Las Vegas police, it's happening inside hotel rooms.

Thieves are gaining access to hotel rooms and taking electronics, jewelry and cash. Metro Police say it's a hard crime to fight because guests are leaving doors propped open or unlocked. In some cases, police say, the victims are actually inviting thieves into their room.

In the five mile stretch of the Las Vegas Strip, there's seemingly endless access to wealth. What doesn't go back on the craps table or into a slot machine, patrons often leave unstored and unsecured in casino hotel suites.

"You talk about the opportunistic thief that's just walking down the hallways pushing on doors and suddenly, one opens," said Metro Lt. Robert Duvall with the Tourist Crimes Unit.

He calls the crime a "door push" and describes it as thieves going room to room and pushing on doors hoping to find something valuable inside.

"They grab what they can, typically, it's what they can carry, money, jewelry, electronics are a big, big target and then off they go," Duvall said.

In some cases, the suspect is invited into the room by the guest. Those cases usually involve a female suspect and a drunken or drugged man who is the hotel guest.

"They don't even need to pass them anything or slip any drugs to him or anything like that. Just let the alcohol do the work for you," Lt. Duvall said.

The losses can be extensive. "We've had some reach up into the several hundreds of thousands of dollars of loss," he said. 

Police don't know exactly how many "door push" crimes happen in Las Vegas because some are not reported. The crime is also hard to prosecute because the patrons is too embarrassed or drunk to accurately report the facts. The one thing police and casinos do have to protect patrons is a lot of surveillance.

"You can't really walk into a hotel and walk out and not expect to be caught on camera," Lt. Duvall said.

 for thieves that keep trying to pull this scam in multiple casinos.. Metro says its likely they will eventually be caught in the intricate network of communication between all the casinos..

Police urge people to be vigilant about securely locking hotel doors and to report anything suspicious to hotel security.

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