Hotel investigates jewelry theft

The Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center has opened an internal investigation into its housekeeping staff after a guest reported Sunday that a maid had entered her room and stolen more than $3,000 worth of jewelry, according to a Richmond County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

 

The guest, a 20-year-old Augusta woman who stayed one night at the 10th Street hotel, told Richmond County sheriff’s deputies that she notified security of the theft on checkout about 11 a.m. Saturday, according to the report. Hotel manager Matt Ricker said, however, that the woman didn’t notify anyone at the Marriott until after she had returned home.

Ricker said the hotel is cooperating with the sheriff’s office, and will continue its internal investigation.

The guest told deputies that the last time she saw her jewelry was shortly after midnight when she returned to her third-floor suite to remove her jewelry and place it into a personal jewelry case.

The next morning, about 8:30, according to the report, a maid knocked on the door and entered the room. The guest told police that the maid stayed five minutes.

Ricker said the maids perform housekeeping duties each day about 9 a.m. The maid in question didn’t knock on the room’s door until 9:58 a.m., he said.

The jewelry includes a $1,000 diamond ring, $1,125 of matching topaz earrings and bracelet, a $450 pearl necklace, a $400 gold bracelet and a $200 gold pearl ring, according to the report.

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