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Housekeepers accused of theft

Courtney Astolfi • Aug 27, 2014 at 2:38 PM

Two Cleveland-area housekeepers are facing felony charges after they stole cash from multiple Great Wolf Lodge hotel rooms, police said.

An Elyria girl, 16, was charged with two counts of felony burglary and two counts of misdemeanor theft.

Mara Holler, 20, of Cleveland, was charged with two counts of felony complicity to burglary and two counts of misdemeanorcomplicity to theft.

At 1:30 p.m. Thursday, a Great Wolf guest discovered about $300 in American and Canadian dollars missing from her wallet left inside her room, according to a Perkins police report. She and her family had been at the lodge’s water park, but were certain they’d left their valuables and cash in their room.

They called Perkins police, who soon retrieved key-card access logs from the lodge, the report said.

Officers learned an outside cleaning service had been called in to tend to some of the hotel’s rooms. The Elyria teen, logs showed, had accessed the family’s room shortly after noon, the report said.

Officers knew something was amiss after learning the girl had been assigned to a set of rooms on a different floor, on the opposite side of the hotel.

Investigators took the teen into a conference room for an interview. She turned out her pockets and emptied her shoes, but no cash was found. The girl said another employee had told her to go to the room in question. When she arrived, she opened the door, saw a coat hanging, and closed it, the girl told police.

Holler, the girl’s partner for the day, later admitted she knew the teen had entered the room and stole the money, the report said.

Facing a body search, the girl then produced $317 from her bra. As officers escorted her and Holler to their cruiser, the cleaning company owner told officers she heard a crinkling in Holler’s pants. It was then she pulled $100 in Canadian currency and $118 American dollars from her pants, the report said.

As officers readied to leave the lodge, another guest reported about $200 missing, and officers realized the girl had entered that room as well, the report said.

At the police station, the girl admitted she’d also entered another room without permission and Holler was aware of that incident as well, the report said. According to jail records, an additional burglary and theft charge was listed under Holler’s name.

The teen was taken to the Erie County Detention Home, and Holler was taken to the Erie County jail. She remains there on $68,000 bond.

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