LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Deputies with the Lee County Sheriff's Office responded to the vacant Shangri-La Hotel, located at 27750 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs, in reference to a burglary in progress on approximately 4:30 p.m. on Thursday. Investigators learned an employee of the Shangri-La was working inside the hotel when he observed several minors on the property. One of them was observed breaking into a hotel room with a hammer.
When deputies arrived on scene, several subjects were observed running from the area behind the hotel. Deputies set up a perimeter and were able to apprehend the suspects. Due to the nature of the incident, detectives assigned to the Lee County Sheriff's Office Delta District Criminal Investigations Division assumed the investigation.
When investigators had a chance to survey the hotel property, they observed extensive damage. Several windows and glass doors were broken. Pictures had frames smashed out and walls had holes punctured in them. A baby grand piano was heavily damaged, along with a large white statue, a chandelier and a curio cabinet. The suspects also sprayed a fire extinguisher throughout the property. In total, there was nearly thirteen-thousand dollars in damage to the hotel.
Six minors have been charged for their roles in this crime. Each individual has been charged with one felony count of Burglary to a Dwelling with More Than $1,000 Damage and one felony count of Grand Theft of a Fire Extinguisher.