LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Imagine while you are working out, a thief is running off with your cash, credit cards, and whatever else they can get their hands on.
Police say it's happened several times just in the last month at Urban Active in St. Mathews.
Police say the most common way they got away with these thefts is by grabbing a set keys left in a common area in the gym. Once they get outside, they will hit the lock button and listen to hear where the car is in the parking lot and then go and get whatever they can.
St. Matthews Police released surveillance images to see if anybody recognizes the woman suspect.
"She almost immediately was at two different locations and spent quite a significant amount on the victim's cards," said Detective Tony Ford, St. Matthews Police Department
She's accused of using stolen credit cards to purchase clothes, jewelry, ipads, and visa gift cards, racking up more than $3000 worth of debt. Police say she got the cards from inside a car at the Urban Active Fitness center on Shelbyville Road. The gym has had 5-6 reports of thefts since the beginning of October.
"We have verified that she has done at least two that we know of," said Ford.
Ford says those responsible may not even be gym members, but he believes they know what they are looking for, common areas where you can leave your belongings while you work out.
"You see probably a dozen keys sitting there everyday," said Patrick Dougherty, a Urban Active member. "I'm very trusting and I'm naïve and think nobody would do anything either. I'll leave my bag there, too sometimes."
Dougherty says his car was broken into last summer in the Urban Active parking lot. After hearing of even more thefts, he says he makes sure to keep his keys locked up.
"They can get away with anything and they will try anything now-a-days," said Dougherty.
"With the holidays and everything, people are going to be working out more and shopping more and if you are going to leave something in your vehicle lock it in your trunk," said Ford.
If you recognize the woman investigators are looking for, you are asked to give St. Matthews Police a call at 502-893-9000, just ask for the detective's unit.
Friday, September 12 2014 7:59 AM EDT2014-09-12 11:59:05 GMT
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