THOMASVILLE — A man caught on video stealing hotel master keys was arrested later with drugs on his person and a stolen pistol in his vehicle.
On the morning after Thanksgiving, Roberto Albino Cruz was at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites on Liberty Street "causing a scene" with employees and appeared to be drunk, said Louis Schofill, Thomas County/Thomasville Narcotics/Vice Division.
Hotel management called back later when it was realized the hotel's master keys were missing.
Cruz's mother told Thomas County Sherif's Office personnel where her son might be. Officers went to the designated area and found Cruz driving a vehicle on Pastime Drive.
Officers stopped Cruz and charged him with theft of the master keys.
On his person, officers found THC (marijuana oil) wax in a vaping device.
Schofill said the hotel keys were found, along with more THC oil and alprazolam, an anti-anxiety drug.
"They also found a smoking device that appeared to have methamphetamine in it," Schofill said.
Also found in the car was a .38-caliber pistol reported stolen in New Port Richey, Florida, and a Smith & Wesson 9mm pistol.
Schofill said authorities are waiting for confirmation on where the 9mm came from.
When Cruz was being booked into the Thomas County Jail, a bag of spice (synthetic marijuana) was found in his sock.
Cruz, 21, 155 Sparkleberry Circle, is charged with two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession and use of a drug-related object, theft by taking, theft by receiving stolen property, possession of a Schedule IV drug and two counts of possession of a Schedule I drug.
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