Capt. Paul Forrester said that the hotel’s desk clerk received a call at around 3 a.m. from someone claiming to have passed by on the interstate and saw a person with a flashlight out by the hotel’s shed. The desk clerk told police he had to take out the trash anyway, so he left the desk for a minute to investigate.
While walking back to the desk, the clerk said he saw a white passenger car speed off and he knew instantly that the report was a distraction.
The suspect stole $360 from the register.
Capt. Forrester said that an officer in the area saw a white Honda Accord near the Casey’s on the corner of Ninth and Magnolia. The officer determined that the driver did not have a valid license and made a traffic stop.
The officer found evidence of the burglary during the stop. Police recovered around $320, saying that Tanner Ireland purchased snacks and gas before authorities arrived.
A hotel supervisor informed police that Ireland was fired from the hotel a few weeks prior to the incident. He was arrested for one count of aggravated burglary and theft.