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St. Augustine police investigating hotel burglaries, warn concert fans

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Updated: 9/13/2013 7:52 pm
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Police will be out in full force during the two-day Gentlemen of the Road Stopover in St. Augustine. But police are asking concertgoers to do their part to make sure they don't fall victim to a crime.

The warning comes after what
police say is a string of burglaries at the Holiday Inn on Ponce de Leon Boulevard.

According to Mark Samson, a  St. Augustine Police Department spokesman, three rooms were burglarized. None showed signs of forced entry.

According to the police report,
three people visiting from Ohio were robbed of almost $600 worth of cash and jewelry.

"Apparently they had left the rooms and their belongings in there and gone out in the town. When they came
back, things were missing from the room," said Samson.

With more than 25,000 people visiting the ancient city this weekend, police warn it's the perfect recipe for thieves to take advantage of careless fans.

"With the economy the way it is,
people are looking for an easy fix, an easy mark to grab something," said Samson.

Samson warns everyone in
town visiting to make sure their belongings are safe.

"If you're renting a
room, whether it's for this event or any other time anywhere, make sure you use the room safe, or if it's a bed and breakfast and they have a safe in the office, use that and get a receipt for your property," said Samson.

According to the St. Augustine Police Department, vehicle thefts are also on the
rise, making this weekend a busy one for law enforcement officials.

According to Samson, at least 30 police officers will be on Francis Field at all times. Other local agencies like the Jacksonville Beach Police and St. Augustine Beach Police departments
are also helping patrol the streets.

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