NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) - Several businesses in Metro Center have fallen victims of car break-ins. Customers of at least two hotels, including the Millennium Maxwell House and The Parc at Metro Center Apartment Residences, were hit by thieves.
Video captures five suspected teens breaking into nearly a dozen cars at one hotel in the area Tuesday night.
"Very bold, very, very bold," is how an employee at the hotel described the suspects' actions.
He says their parking lot has been hit four nights in a row by the suspects, who are smashing car windows to retrieve visible items.
"I think they are just looking for anything that is valuable, I know the other night they did steal a gun out a car," the employee told News 2.
Down the street at The Parc at Metro Center Apartments Residence, an employee said, five cars were hit Sunday night within the gated community.
Jeremy Rawls, who lives in the complex, witnessed the suspects pulling on car handles.
"There [were] five guys coming with hoods on," said Rawls, who chased them off of the property.
"I chased them pretty much all the way down, they got through the backside of the gate at that point they went to the back corner and went to the Millennium Maxwell House," he said.
An employee with the hotel says several cars were hit in their parking lot just over a week ago, on more than one occasion.
"It's a rude welcoming, but I would say Nashville is still a great city -- we are not immune," Rawls said. "Nashville is like any other city. It's not immune to violence or crime. We do have to keep that in mind, but at the same time, I think there are proper measures that need to be put in place -- henceforth adding more security, just doing drive-throughs for Metro PD. I know they are kind of extended as much as they possibly can."
Employees with both hotels tell News 2 Metro officers have been patrolling more since the rash of break-ins in the area.
According to one hotel employee, they are hiring a security guard to keep an eye on their lot,as well. However, in the meantime, they have lost customers and given out refunds taking a hit to their bottom line.
Police believe the suspects were traveling in a black or dark-colored Dodge Charger with special rims at the time of some of the crimes. If you recognize any of the suspects in the video call Metro Police at 615-862-8600.
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