Police arrest suspected gym burglar

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NORTH HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — It’s something gymgoer James Boyle never considered – a thief breaking into his Acura as he shoots hoops inside.

“I never thought a parking lot at a gym would be an area that’s targeted,” said Boyle, sporting a black bandana outside North Haven Health & Racquet Friday.

But police say thieves are increasingly focusing on just those areas. On Thursday, though, an arrest was made. And police believe 24-year-old Marquis Winfrey may be responsible for many of the car burglaries at area fitness clubs.

“We’re glad they got caught,” said Justin Hollingsworth of Health & Racquet. He said the parking lot at the North Haven gym has been targeted multiple times by thieves in search of cash, electronics and credit cards. “We did give some evidence to police and hopefully that helped in the arrest,”

Police caught up with Winfrey at a nearby Target store, where surveillance allegedly captured the Hamden man using a stolen credit card. His status in similar investigations is fluid, police say. Winfrey is being held in lieu of $2,500 bond.

Meanwhile, Hollingsworth continues to be vigilant. He said he’s beefed up security at Health & Racquet with a system complete with 16 cameras.

“It’s comforting,” Boyle said. “It’s good to know my car’s safe when I’m here.”

Stephanie Simoni reporting

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