Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help tracking down one or more individuals involved with a series of gym locker thefts in Lee County over the last week.
At least three victims have reported that their credit cards were stolen from secured lockers at Crunch Fitness Gym, located at 16230 Summerlin Road, while they worked out. In each of the cases, the victims placed their personal belongings in a gym locker, secured the locker with a combination lock, then returned to find credit cards and other personal information stolen. In each of the instances, stolen credit cards were used within an hour of the thefts, to the tune of several thousand dollars in total.
On March 6th, a victim stated that he locked up his wallet at 8 a.m., only to return at 9 a.m. to find credit cards missing. He immediately contacted the credit card companies to alert them of the theft, but was told that one of the cards had already been used for a $1,544 purchase at Best Buy. The very next day, another victim secured his locker around 1:25 p.m., returning at 2 p.m. Two credit cards were missing from his wallet – one of which was used at 2:03 p.m. at Target for $565 and another at 2:38 p.m. at a different Target store for $628. According to detectives, at least one other similar theft has been reported at that location in the last several days.
At this point, only one of the fraudulent transactions made with a stolen credit card has been captured on surveillance video. The suspect is described as a white female. (Picture shown.)
Anyone with information on the identity of the suspect is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477). All callers will remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward of up to $3,000.
Tips may also be made online at www.southwestfloridacrimestoppers.com or by submitting a tip on the P3Tips mobile app.