Torino Italy: U.S. tourist robbed in front of Novotel Torino Corso Giulio Cesare

Posted on October 16, 2014 • Filed under: Europe, Italy, Tourist Robbed, Tourist Warning

The Novotel Torino hotel describes itself on its website as: 4-star hotel with 162 rooms, including 18 Executive rooms, all with anti-allergy carpet. Located 3.1 miles (5 km) from abilify dosage the city center and train stations, 0.9 miles (1.5 km) from the highway and 6.2 miles (10 km) from the airport and Lingotto exhibition center. Perfect for any kind of stay: 6 meeting rooms (seating 220) with natural light, CCTV-monitored car park, fitness center, outdoor pool, bar and restaurant, free WIFI. For families, the hotel offers rooms for 2 adults and 2 children and a play area.” On or about 10/13/14, the victim, an American businessman arrived during the evening in a rental car from Switzerland. Upon driving up to the entrance which was poorly lit, a man that appeared to be dressed as an employee, signaled the driver to stop. He told the driver that he had a flat tire at which time the driver exited the vehicle. Upon inspecting the tire, he discovered that it had been punctured and the apparent helpful hotel employee vanished. The victim discovered when getting back into the vehicle that his computer, Ipad, IPhone, and passports had been stolen. The victim contacted hotel management who viewed their security video and did not recognize the two thieves. They also told the victim he should have parked in the fenced parking area. He responded by stating he didn’t have a card to get in and was checking into the hotel and was at the entrance. Managment also did not provide any assistance with police or offer any type of adjustment to the bill. When the victim confronted management after a two day stay, they did make arrangements and reservations for the guest at his next stop in Italy at a sister property. The victim reported that the representative at the U.S. consulate in Milan who replaced the victim’s passport stated that this was the first time he had seen this type of crime in the northern area of Italy. He submitted that this type of theft is quite common in the south of Italy. (The information for this report was provided by the victim who wished to remain anonymous.

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