Thief targets 24-hour gyms in Chesterfield, steals gun

Thief targets 24-hour gyms in Chesterfield, steals gun

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Chesterfield Police are looking for a thief who targeted parking lots at two 24-hour gyms overnight.

The vehicles at the Planet Fitness on Hull Street and Gold's Gym in Midlothian were targeted within a two-hour time frame.

Around 12:20 a.m., Chesterfield police were called to the 11000 block of Hull Street Road, the parking lot a of a Planet Fitness, where two cars had been rummaged through but nothing was taken. The owners say the cars were locked at the time.

Just two hours later, police responded to the Gold's Gym in the 9100 block of Midlothian Turnpike, where the thief broke into a locked car, damaged a door handle, and then stole a handgun.

"I've been going to this gym for years, a lot of years. This is the first time I've heard of an incident out here," said gym member Marvin Cooley.

Cooley says his car locks automatically, but he makes sure nothing is left behind that a thief may be looking to take.

"Just try not to keep a lot of valuables in the car - wallet, money, jewelry," Cooley explained.

Police will say the same thing. It's important to take your valuables out of the car to deter thieves.

Chesterfield Police say so far this year, seven firearms have been stolen from vehicles. In all, 162 firearms were stolen from vehicles in 2017.

It's important to take firearms out of your car, because they could end up in the wrong hands.

"I'm going to lock my doors from now on, even though I don't have anything in it," said gym member Aldo Ledezma.

Police have not yet released any information about a possible suspect.

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