Thieves targeting gyms in Hamden

While some Hamden gym-goers are working out, cars are getting worked over in gym parking lots.

Hamden police are seeing a huge spike in car burglaries at LA Fitness, The Edge Fitness and Planet Fitness.

“People are losing their credit cards, they’re losing money, personal belongings,” said Captain Ronald Smith of the Hamden Police Department. “On several occasions, they’ve actually broken into windows, they’ve entered locked trunks and they’ve entered unlocked vehicles.”

News 8’s Noelle Gardner asked a gym-goer what he leaves in his car.

“My wallet, some credit cards and more credit cards. And if that got stolen, it’d be a big problem for me,” said William Barber, a fitness club member at the Edge.

Vehicles aren’t the only target. Detectives told News 8 that crooks are sneaking bolt cutters into health clubs, and breaking locks to get their hands on valuables. The crime doesn’t take much time.

“Anyone who knows how to use a bolt cutter can cut a lock probably within seconds,” said Captain Smith.

Some gym members falling victim to a rash of locker thefts.

“We can’t leave anything inside the locker room, because when we go back to the locker room we don’t find anything,” said Felipe Lugo, a member of LA Fitness in Hamden.

Police say it is best to leave your stuff at home.

“I even left stuff unlocked in the locker now I’m going to think twice about that,” said another LA Fitness member.

“It’s always something that’s in the back of your mind when you’re leaving valuables in the car. My theory is if they wanted their going to get it. They’ll smash end. They’ll do whatever they have to do,” said Tom Brown, another gym goer.

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