Crime Alert: Items stolen from Chesterfield gym

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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) – Locks are used all the time at the American Family Fitness- Swift Creek in Chesterfield County.  But Monday night they couldn't keep crooks from breaking into five lockers.

Grayson Smith would rather carry extra weight than leave his things in a locker.

"You're leaving yourself open for somebody to just go and take whatever out of lockers," said Grayson Smith.

Monday night: cash, wallets, gym bags and cell phones were stolen. According to Chesterfield police five men entered the locker room separately between 4:45 and 5 p.m. They all went to break a sweat; returning back for their things around 6:00, but their items were gone. Police say the locks were either cut or the lockers pried open.

"You've got some people who just hang around the lockers," said Nashawn Blankumsee.

Nashawn Blankumsee's been a member for 14 years. He carries his things with him.

"Some people try to put things in lockers without it being locked up," said Nashawn.

But you don't lock your locker? "Nah. I've got nothing worth stealing," said Kastel Triana.

Triana isn't phased by the crime. He still feels safe at the gym, even when it's crowded.

About 500 people were in the gym during the robberies. Surveillance cameras are set up at the entrance of each locker room. But it's the member's responsibility to secure items. American Family Fitness isn't liable.

Off camera, an Am-Fam manager says don't bring in valuables. Invest in a heavy-duty lock and put personal items in your trunk before arriving- just in case someone's watching. Extra signage is alerting members of Monday's crime and staff now have an eye for suspicious activity.

Chesterfield police are now investigating. The gym manager says no other thefts have happened in recent years.

Chesterfield police are looking for information on this crime. Call Crime Solvers at 748-0660 to leave an anonymous tip.

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