Crooks skip $2650 in bills
SOME audacious visitors are spending a weekend away in the Rose City, wining and dining, then motoring off without paying their motel bill.
A Warwick Police spokesman said the latest spate of motel fraud was to the tune of about $2650 from three Warwick establishments at the weekend but Alexander Motel owner/manager Jason Vogler said he was not surprised by the high figure.
Mr Vogler said during his 19 months behind the counter, as well as cooking in the restaurant, he had been the victim of fraud three times.
“Some of these people have a hide as thick as a rhino,” he said.
“This kind of thing happens regularly. Some people try and put meals on another room or they just drive off without paying for anything.”
Mr Vogler said the job kept him “quick on his toes” keeping abreast of guest activity but said the majority of people did the right thing.
“When you sign in here, we get a copy of your credit card. That’s not payment, that’s just a record in case you do skip out,” he said.
“People have skipped out on us but we’ve found them and given them the hard word.”
A Warwick Police spokesman said three separate hotels were targeted during the weekend.
“People failed to pay for lodgement and food at the three motels,” the spokesman said.
“At one establishment it was almost $1500 which they hadn’t paid; the other was $800 and the third was $350.”
The spokesman said suspects had been nominated by the hotels but the offenders were yet to be located.
If you have any information, phone Warwick Police on 4660 4444 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.