‘Lost key card’ scam be­hind ho­tel raids

The Daily Telegraph - - News -

 A se­rial bur­glar told ho­tel staff he had lost his key card so he could let him­self into rooms and steal valu­ables worth more than £67,000.

Jake Simms, 22, pre­tended he was a hap­less guest to raid rooms at top ho­tels across Lon­don.

Simms stole £6,500 of jew­ellery worth from the Grosvenor Ho­tel in Buck­ing­ham Palace Road on July 1 after telling an un­wit­ting worker: “Oh s--t, can you let me in my room? I lost my key card.”

Us­ing the same line, four days later he stole money from the Mil­len­nium Ho­tel in Knights­bridge, and cash and watches worth £57,000 from the West­bury Ho­tel, in May­fair, on July 6.

Simms, of St-leonards-on-sea, East Sus­sex, ad­mit­ted three counts of bur­glary and breach­ing a crim­i­nal be­hav­iour or­der by en­ter­ing ho­tels from which he was barred when he ap­peared at West­min­ster mag­is­trates’ court. He was re­manded to ap­pear at South­wark Crown Court for sen­tence at a date to be fixed.

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