San Diego Harbor police: Accused thief targeted upscale waterfront hotels

Posted at 6:00 AM, Apr 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-30 10:17:28-04

A San Diego woman spent months stealing from visitors inside some of the city's fanciest waterfront hotels, Harbor Police say.

Anjeanette Crumrine, 49, allegedly stole more than $14,000 worth of items -- largely from the Hilton Bayfront, Manchester Grand Hyatt, and Sheraton Harbor Island. 

Harbor Police say she also stole a violin worth $8,000 from a classroom at Point Loma Nazarene University. 

"It worked for her, so she just continued to do what she was comfortable with," said Harbor Police Sgt. Michael Dye. 

Crumrine often targeted guests attending conventions at the large hotels. She'd walk in, pick up a suitcase, purse, or briefcase, go into an empty bathroom, pick through it, before leaving, police say. Crumrine is also accused of using the stolen credit cards to buy gift cards, and one time changed into stolen clothes inside one of the hotel bathrooms before walking out. 

"If it's a convention you have people moving in and out of rooms," Dye said. "It's an easy target because she would go unnoticed."

Police arrested Crumrine on April 18 after a slow speed chase through Valencia Park. But the threat of petty crime isn't over.

Harbor Police report 218 property crime instances so far this year, up 22 percent from the same time period in 2017.

"We're just extra careful. We carry all of our stuff most of the time," said Jennifer Jones, visiting from Denver. "I don't put my stuff down. I hear too many stories like that."

Crumrine is now in custody at Las Colinas, accused of, identity theft, burglary, and felony evading police, among other charges. Her next court date is May 1.