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Wallet, iPhone Stolen While Owners Exercised at Dacula Gym

Items left in unsecured lockers.

Gwinnett County Police are investigating two recent thefts at Gold’s Gym in Dacula.

On Dec. 4, a patron of the gym reported his wallet stolen. According to the police report, the Auburn man left the wallet in an unsecured locker while he was working out in the gym. When he returned to the locker, the wallet was gone. The wallet contained the man’s driver’s license, Social Security card and a debit card.

The debit card, the man said, was used shortly after the theft to make a $7.62 purchase at the Ingles on Auburn Road. The man advised the card had since been cancelled and no other fraudulent activity had taken place.

On Dec. 9, another Gold’s Gym patron reported a theft. A Hoschton man told police he left his iPhone 4S in an unsecured locker while he was at the gym. When he returned to the locker, the phone was gone.

Both cases are listed as active.

After a series of car break-ins, Gold’s Gym implemented several security measures to deter further crime. The gym also reportedly has measures in place inside the facility including video surveillance.

In order to prevent car break-ins or theft of personal belongings, police recommend leaving valuables at home if possible. If you must bring valuables inside the gym, keep them with you at all times or place them in a secured locker. Do not leave keys, wallets, bags or other valuables unattended at any time.

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Deb B December 18, 2012 at 01:25 PM
Break-ins in the parking lot and thefts inside the gym have been going on at this location for years! When is Gold's Gym going to take some responsibility and make the place more secure. More importantly, anyone who leaves things unsecured is asking for trouble.
Elizabeth December 18, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Does "unsecured" mean the locker had no lock and just anyone could open it and have access to the items inside?
Kristi Reed (Editor) December 18, 2012 at 03:27 PM
The locker was unlocked. It was not clear from the police report whether or not the locker had a lock.
KFSYT December 18, 2012 at 04:11 PM
What is the gym supposed to do when individuals leave their valuables laying out? They post signs, there are lockers available. I've been going to Golds for several years and am amazed at how many people just leave purses, iPads etc laying in the front seat of their car in full view of everyone. I see others leave their phone in the cubbies out in the workout space. Sadly, in 2012, you can't do that if you want to keep your things. I wouldn't leave my wallet or phone anywhere! That's an invitation to the lowlifes!
Ed Varn December 18, 2012 at 05:56 PM
No, no, no, Karen, you've got it all wrong. These people are all victims, and the blame can't be on them, it must be focused somewhere else, like the proprietor. Tongue planted firmly in cheek, of course. This is what our society has devolved into being.
Joan Ferrante December 18, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Unfortunately break ins are on the rise in the Metro Atlanta area, and Gold’s Gym along with other businesses have been affected. Due to this increase, we installed cameras in our parking lot and have seen this crime decrease dramatically. We also work closely with Gwinnett County Police to provide any relevant footage to aid in arrest of any one committing this crime. We’ve installed signs inside and outside the building, and have increased parking lot patrols. We are following the measures that were outlined in a meeting we attended about Crime Prevention given by Gwinnett County Police. Please continue to be vigilant about locking up your items and report any suspicious activity to the management or front desk staff.
Deborah December 28, 2012 at 02:18 PM
In this instance I happen to believe the proprietor could be doing more to ensure the safety of customer's valuables in the parking lot. Cameras would be a great first step.
Toya Jordan December 28, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Deborah, the proprietor installed cameras over a year ago, has placed signs throughout the gym warning members not to leave valuables in their cars or in unsecured cubbies, and employees and police patrol as best they can. The gym also provides the use of lockers at no charge. This is a problem that has happened throughout the Dacula and metro area at other gyms and businesses. This is not exclusive problem at Gold's Gym. It just seems to get hightlighted as the only place businesses that is plagued by this issue.
Stephanie Buckles Ellis January 28, 2013 at 02:46 AM
It happened to me at LA fitness in Buford. Our locker was broken into .Lock snapped. And they took everything out of our cars. It happened a week before and no signs were posted. The gyms could do more. They take no responsibility . And if they had cameras in place why can't they see the person doing this.
Joan Ferrante January 28, 2013 at 03:19 AM
Gold's Gym worked with Gwinnett Count Police,and the person who committed this crime was arrested.

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