Transient accused of stealing hotel keys to spend the night


An Iowa City transient is accused of helping himself to hotel room keys and spending the night with no means to pay for his stay.

Police say 32-year-old Troy Frazier is seen on surveillance video entering the Hilton Garden Inn on Tuesday at approximately 2:30am. He goes to the lobby and ducks to hide from the staff in order to take a can of Coca-Cola.

Frazier then walks to the front desk and realizes no one is manning the post, so he leans over the counter and takes two keys to a room on the 4th floor.

Later that morning, staff realizes someone is in the room without a reservation and confronts  Frazier at 10:30am. They escort him to the lobby to make payment, but Frazier allegedly ignores them and leaves the premises.

The complaint says that he had no means to make payment for the room, which goes for nearly $170 a night. Frazier told police that he gave the hotel a Visa card to pay for the room, but the video shows there was no interaction with staff.

Frazier was searched and a small bag of methamphetamine was found in his wallet.

He was taken into custody and charged with Burglary in the 3rd Degree, 3rd Degree Theft, and drug possession charges. Together, the charges are punishable by a prison sentence of up to 8 years if he’s convicted.