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    Fitness center parking lots targeted by thieves

    Jefferson County, CO. – On February 6, 2014, deputies responded to the Bally Total Fitness located at 8966 W. Bowles Ave. to investigate two separate vehicle “break-ins” in the parking lot. Both victims arrived at the fitness center around 3:15 p.m. and were victimized within 30 minutes. In both cases the window was shattered and a purse was stolen from inside.

    Security video captured images of two male suspects “casing” the parking lot in a dark colored SUV. The suspect vehicle, possibly a Dodge Journey, parked in a parking space in order to watch customers come and go from the gym. Both suspects are then observed committing the crimes.

    The break-ins at Bally Total Fitness are believed to be connected to a series of criminal trespasses at a variety of fitness centers across the metro area. At least 38 similar crimes, with similar circumstances, have been committed in the last two months. In nearly every case, the suspect broke out the car window and stole a purse. In most cases, the suspects and/or associates used a drive-thru window at a local bank to withdraw cash using the victim’s ID.

    Anyone with information concerning these crimes is urged to call the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office tip line at 303-271-5612.

    Jacki Kelley
    Public Information Director

    Mark Techmeyer
    Public Information Officer

    February 12, 2014

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    Last Updated: 2-12-2014