Three women in three separate rooms were all victims of a burglary at an Omaha hotel. Two months later, a crime stoppers tip led police to arrest a woman whom they believe is the one who stole all of the items.
Dorcas Cott was arrested on Friday morning and will be facing several counts of burglary for the thefts at Comfort Inn and other incidents at 2 other metro hotels.
One of the theft victims, who learned of the arrest when contacted by WOWT 6 News, was overjoyed to hear the case had been allegedly solved.
When the thefts first happened in late July, WOWT 6 News spoke to several victims.
"I was violated, I feel like somebody was stalking me, I had the do not disturb sign on and I was like oh my gosh and somebody had been watching me in my room and violated me,” Cherie Hofer said.
Over the phone from her home in California, Hofer recounted the feelings of her stay in Omaha, leaving her hotel room for just 3 hours and then returning to find out everything was not as she left it.
"I wanted to go wash my make up off, and I went into the bathroom and everything was gone out of the bathroom, everything all that was left of mine what the toothpaste,” Hofner said.
WOWT 6 News Fact Finders obtained copies of the police reports filed on a string of hotel room break-ins at Comfort Inn near 72nd and I-80. Investigators noted no visible signs of a break in.
Hofer says she and two other women on the same floor near each other who were all victims of room break-ins. And they believe somebody had access to the keys to get access to the room.
Among the items stolen from Hofer and the other women were prescription narcotics, makeup, clothing and electronics. "Somebody knew I wasn't there definitely for sure, somebody knew I wasn't there. Why would they until that time of the day, that was right when I left and knowing there was a do not disturb sign on my door?" Hofer asked.
Cott also is facing charges for 2 stolen televisions and cash from 2 other hotels.