Crooks Target Tourists in Miami Beach Hotel Heist

Guests return to find thieves ransacking their room at Parisian

A couple vacationing in Miami Beach was startled when they returned to their hotel room late Sunday night to find two robbers rummaging through their belongings.

The husband and wife, who were in town from Mexico, returned to their room at the Parisian Hotel at 1510 Collins Ave. just before midnight, where two thieves were already inside.

"The subject was armed with a weapon, also the subject was already inside their room, we believe that they were trying to burglarize their room at the time and they were surprised by the victims," said Deborah Doty, with the Miami Beach Police department.

Police said the robbers got away with cash, personal items and the couple's car keys, and were able to locate the car outside and drive off in it.

The car is described as a brown Dodge Avenger, with the Texas license plate BBW-914

The couple wasn't hurt, but they were shaken up, as were other hotel guests.

"I was just coming with my folks and we entered into the hotel, we saw the two victims, they were really disturbed, really hysterical, they were crying," said guest Claudeo Lira. "It was a crazy story, we're concerned, we're worried."

Police said they're searching for at least two robbers, and said the hotel has surveillance video which they'll look at to try to identify the suspects.

The burglary comes just a week after a robber targeted rooms at the Chesterfield Hotel about eight blocks south of the Parisian.

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