MT. JULIET, Tenn. (WKRN) – Police are looking for a man they believe robbed five hotels within about sixteen miles of each other in just two days.
Authorities believe the suspect robbed three hotel clerks Saturday and two more Monday morning, and he may have had help.
The spree started just after 4 a.m. Saturday at the Courtyard Marriott on Music City Circle near Opryland. Investigators say the man walked into the lobby with a knife and took money from the register before leaving.
Less than hour later, Metro police say the same thing happened at the Quality Suites on Elm Hill Pike.
And later that night around 9:30 p.m., Metro police say the same man walked up to the front desk at Baymont Inn and Suites on Elm Hill Pike and told the clerk he had a gun. He threatened to shoot the employee if he didn’t give him money.
As the clerk backed away, the robber grabbed the cash drawer and took off.
Officers say there was a fourth robbery at the Red Roof Inn on Claridge Drive just after 1 a.m. Monday morning. They say a man with black hair and tattoos on both of his arms walked inside with a knife, and demanded money. The hotel employee ran outside, and the suspect left with another cash drawer.
Now, Mt. Juliet police believe the man went to Quality Inn and Suites on Herschel Drive about five hours later. They say he pulled out a knife, told the employee to lay down in the back room, and then demanded money before he took the cash drawer.
The final time he wasn’t alone. Surveillance video shows another suspect with his face concealed inside the hotel. It also shows the suspects leaving in what police believe is a newer Nissan Altima.
None of the hotel employees were hurt during any of the robberies.
If you recognize the suspects, call the Mt. Juliet Police Department at 615-754-2550 or Crime Stoppers at 615-74-CRIME.