A 27-year-old man is accused of sleeping in a couple’s hotel room and taking one of the woman’s shirts and some cash before leaving.
Police responded to Crestview Inn on June 28, according to the arrest report. A couple told the officer that they had arrived at their hotel room to find the door open and a man, later identified as Stefen Michael Kessler, asleep in their bed.
The room was in disrepair and their luggage was unzipped, the report said. The man woke Kessler up and asked why he was in the couple’s room.
Kessler jumped out of the bed, said he was in the wrong room and left wearing one of the woman’s shirts, according to the report. Kessler then went into the next room, gathered up his things and left with two females.
The man wrote down the make, model and license plate of the car, the report said. After Kessler left, the man found that $80 to $90 was missing from his luggage, as well as two keys for his out-of-town residence.
He found an unlabeled bottle of pills with 75 Xanax tablets that didn’t belong to the couple, which he gave to police, according to the report. He gave police a description of Kessler.
Police checked the hotel registry and located the woman that Kessler’s room had been rented to, the report said. The car Kessler had left in was parked in the driveway.
When the officer spoke to Kessler, Kessler said he was confused about the room and was so tired he just went to sleep, according to the report. He admitted he’d been in the room for several hours and had taken his clothes off to get comfortable.
He said he didn’t take anything from the room, but later said he’d worn a woman’s shirt out of the room and left it in the room he was supposed to be in, the report said. After he was arrested, $929 was found on his person.
When police said the money would be placed in evidence because of the theft, Kessler asked if officers could just return $90 to the couple and let him have the rest for bond, the report said.
Kessler is charged with unarmed burglary of an unoccupied structure and theft.