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Crime alert: Crooks can 'hack' hotel rooms and steal your belongings

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PHOENIX -

We have a warning for anyone who stays in hotels. Thieves have figured out a way to get into your room without a keycard. It's become a problem across the country and here in the valley.

This has become known as hotel hacking. Investigators here at Phoenix PD as well as police in other valley cities are trying to track down the people who are doing this.

The problem is that you can learn how to do it online.

Press play to see video of two men walking into Phoenix hotel. They look like guests and don't do anything that would cause concern. They make their way to the elevators and head up to a guest room. Minutes later, they're caught on camera leaving the hotel through a back door with someone's bags.

"These criminals will go in and when the hotel guest is gone will completely clean out the entire hotel room," says Darren Burch, Silent Witness.

This video is from an east valley Walmart where a credit card was used that was stolen from a Mesa hotel room.

Police hope someone recognizes the woman caught on tape walking out of the store.

"This is problem literally valley-wide."

It's easy for a criminal to get started. Videos posted online show would-be thieves how to build the device, which slides into a port on the bottom of those electronic door locks.

The device can even be disguised as a magic marker.

"They simply push this item in the port and the door opens up, it's just that easy."

They aren't just stealing bags. They'll even steal furniture and TVs from the hotel room. Police say guests should be on alert.

"You want to cognizant of the fact that there may be people listening for intelligence information," says Burch.

These two broke into a room at the Coast Hotel near Sky Harbor. That hotel's surveillance cameras caught them driving away in an older model champagne-colored Honda.


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