How can I check a motel's camera if something was stolen from me?

I stayed at a cheap motel in southern California. The room's door doesn't have a chain or a bolt, inside. Some important documents were stolen from me overnight while I was sleeping. I suspect one of the staff got in while I was sleeping and stole. I slept for 9 hours that night. How do I get access to that... show more I stayed at a cheap motel in southern California. The room's door doesn't have a chain or a bolt, inside. Some important documents were stolen from me overnight while I was sleeping. I suspect one of the staff got in while I was sleeping and stole. I slept for 9 hours that night. How do I get access to that motel's cameras?

Do I have to get the police involved?
Update: Can I watch the camera tape myself or will police watch it for me?
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