A burglar has broken into a Melbourne quarantine Hotel while staff sat on their phones

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Burglar sneaks into a Melbourne quarantine hotel through an emergency door and gets away clean ‘while staff were fiddling with their phones’ in yet another shocking failure by the troubled program

  • Robber walked around hotel quarantine for eight minutes as staff sat on phones
  • Police investigate attempted burglary at Intercontinental Hotel in Melbourne
  • Man opened emergency door before running away before the alarm was raised 

A burglar forced open an emergency door and walked around a quarantine hotel for eight minutes as staff allegedly played on their phones.

Police are investigating the break in at the Intercontinental Hotel on Collins Street in Melbourne that occurred about 4pm on Sunday.

This latest breach follows claims there was a litany of failures in Victoria’s quarantine system under former general manager Matiu Bush.

A robber has forced open an emergency door and walked around the Intercontinental Hotel in Collins Street in Melbourne (pictured)

A robber has forced open an emergency door and walked around the Intercontinental Hotel in Collins Street in Melbourne (pictured)

The burglar reportedly wandered around for eight minutes as staff sat on their phones at the hotel (pictured)

The burglar reportedly wandered around for eight minutes as staff sat on their phones at the hotel (pictured)

The man forced opened an emergency door to the hotel before walking around undetected and then running away, the Herald Sun reported. 

‘It is not believed he gained access to any rooms during the short time he was in the hotel. He left the scene on foot via the same door,’ police said.

A whistleblower claimed to that newspaper that staff were too preoccupied on their phones to notice the intruder.

They only became aware of the breach as the burglar was fleeing the hotel eight minutes after breaking in.

There have reportedly been other break-ins at quarantine hotels in Melbourne.

Bush, the former Victorian head of infection control, was stood down on Wednesday for breaching infection protocols, including refusing to get a Covid test or wear a mask properly.

Bush started working for Victoria’s hotel quarantine program in June 2020 just as a horror second wave of Covid-19 infections, which killed 801 people, hit the state.

Latest infringement follows claims there was a litany of breaches in Victoria's quarantine system under former head Matiu Bush (pictured)

Latest infringement follows claims there was a litany of breaches in Victoria’s quarantine system under former head Matiu Bush (pictured)

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