(KMOV.com) -- At least 48 vehicles in a hotel parking lot near Lambert International Airport were broken into Thursday, adding to a recent rash of break-ins in that area.
Renaissance St. Louis hotel management said the break-ins likely occured in the early morning hours. They added that the criminals probably targeted vehicles in this specific lot because it is more remote than the hotel's other lots.
Also on Thursday morning, 15 to 20 cars were broken into in an employee lot at Lambert airport. Paul Mason, chief of police at Lambert, said he believes the break-ins are related.
A witness allegedly saw a white van with four men exiting the parking before discovering the damage. The white van was found abandoned a mile away in Bridgeton. Police then discovered that the van was reported stolen in East St. Louis on Wednesday.