NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – The Loews Vanderbilt on West End Avenue is a luxury hotel, yet at least 52 customers have reported break-ins in its hotel garage in the previous week.
Last Thursday, Jan 20, a Middle Tennessee couple who want to remain anonymous for their safety, slept at the Loews Vanderbilt. They told News 2 that when they awoke early Friday morning for a doctor’s appointment, they discovered their brand-new truck’s windows smashed.
Someone grabbed a firearm, pocketbook, and money from inside the truck, and the pair learned they were not the only victims as they glanced around.
“I look down and there’s a crew, a two-man crew in there sweeping up glass from the second floor,” the woman told News 2. “There was glass all through that parking garage right in front of us and I was like, ‘how many people did this happen to?’ I mean, I was like, baffled!”
Metro police said their officers took 15 car break-in reports at the Loews garage last Thursday, 35 on Friday and two more on Monday.
“It’s not safe to park there. It’s not safe, it’s not safe,” the couple said.
The couple estimates they will have to pay about $2,000 in damages and replace stolen items.
On Thursday, News 2 reached out to the hotel directly for comment, as well as its public relations department, but did not receive a response. The unnamed couple hopes that the hotel tightens security and informs visitors about the crimes taking place on the grounds.