A guest showed up at a Marriott Hotel in DC to check in. It was the Residence Inn Courtyard by Marriott. Yes, there are two different Marriott brands at the same address in downtown Washington DC at the Convention Center.
The problem is that the man wanted early check-in. And it wasn’t available. At 1 a.m. So the guest, Armin Zeyafatzadeh, went to sleep in the lobby to wait for a room to be ready. He was going to be waiting awhile.
The man was wearing a $24,000 Rolex watch, but he was unwilling to book the night before his arrival to ensure he’d be able to check in even though he reports not having slept in over 48 hours. That’s when things went sideways.
By 3 a.m. the traveler had drifted soundly into a deep slumber with his head tilted back and mouth wide open. Unbeknownst to him, he was being watched by the man sitting close by. Thirty minutes later, the hotel security camera caught the suspected stealthy thief get up from his seat and inch closer to the now sleeping and inattentive Zeyafatzadeh.
The suspect spots the exposed watch. Edging closer, he touches Zeyafatzadeh’s wrist to get a better look.
The suspect then looks around to see if anyone is watching and then moves in for the steal. He then uses both hands to lift Zeyafatzadeh’s wrist and unbuckle the watch off before making a hasty exit.
When the guest woke up he noticed his watch was gone. With the help of a hotel employee he viewed security footage. It was all recorded.
The perpetrator was identified as a guest at the hotel. Police searched the man’s room, but the Rolex wasn’t there. The guest whose watch was stolen “filed an insurance claim with the hotel but he says no one has yet to get back to him.” Bonvoyed!