While exercise and fitness enthusiasts are in their zone working out in Greenwich gyms, thieves with a penchant for pilfering from the gym lockers are getting a workout too.
Greenwich Police Lt. Kraig Gray said thieves are preying on gym patrons and aren't deterred by the use of padlocks either. The latest incident was reported after 3 p.m. Oct. 26 at the New York Sports Club on Liberty Way and involved the theft of a wallet from a locker.
"It's a good place for people to go and steal—any gym, and all of the gyms in town have been victimized," Gray said. "People should be cautious when they secure their property in temporary lockers." He said security is only as good as the lock, if a gym allows use of a private lock. "Sometimes they (locks) can be easily defeated.
"Valuables should be stored in the trunk of the car—not in a purse left inside the car because then we have a larceny from a motor vehicle," Gray said. "Definitely don't leave a bag inside the car where it can be seen, they (thieves) are looking at them also."
"Sometimes they only take one credit car or a little bit of cash so it could be days before people realize" they've been victimized, Gray added.
"... This is a cash and carry business. These places are targeted for thefts whether it's the country club, the spin club, the Y or Equinox," Gray said.
Gray also suggested that if a gym patron is victimized, "They make a mention to management about improving security."