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Guest's personal information stolen from Romulus hotel, police seek culprit

Man stole binder of guest identification, credit cards

An unknown man stole personal information from a Romulus Holiday Inn on Nov. 28, 2017. (WDIV)

ROMULUS, Mich. – Police are asking for public assistance in identifying and locating a man in connection with the theft of personal information at a Holiday Inn on Nov. 28.

According to authorities, on Nov. 24, at approximately 10:30 a.m., a man had checked into the Holiday Inn off of Merriman Road in Romulus. He handed the front desk clerk an out-of-state driver's license and credit card, which was declined three times before being accepted after the man made a phone call. 

Police said the man made three room changes during his stay and accumulated approximately $700 worth of charges to his room.

On Nov. 28, at approximately 4:35 a.m., the front desk received a phone call from a woman who claimed to have left her wallet in the hotel's fitness center, police said. When the clerk left to check for the wallet, the man jumped over the counter and stole a binder containing the credit card and identification information of approximately 30 guests, police say. The man left the binder in a nearby bathroom and exited the hotel.

He was expected to check out the next day. 

Police said the name on the driver's license and credit card the man gave to the hotel clerk was James Johnson. No other information was obtained by the clerk.

Investigators are asking that if anyone recognizes the man or knows of his whereabouts, or if anyone has any information concerning this incident, to please contact the Romulus Police Department at 734-942-6871.