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Gym patrons warned: Don't leave valuables in vehicles


WADSWORTH — Police are warning residents not to leave valuables in their vehicles after three were broken into while parked in the Planet Fitness parking lot shortly before midnight Wednesday.

“All three windows on the vehicles were broken, and out of the one vehicle there was just some change missing,” Wadsworth police Lt. Dave Dorland said Thursday.

“In the other two vehicles, each vehicle had a wallet taken and tote bag, which had some miscellaneous property in it.”

The fitness facility is located at 1048 Williams Reserve Blvd.

Dorland said similar incidents involving automotive break-ins at Planet Fitness locations in Brunswick and Copley have been reported to police departments in those areas.

“We have not developed any suspects yet, but we are working with both of those other agencies to generate some leads,” Dorland said.

Dorland said police are hoping to have some more concrete leads within the next day or two as surveillance video and information from credit card companies becomes available.

Dorland said he assumes the thieves believed that the individuals working out at the facility would not be taking their wallets or other valuables inside the gym with them.

“So, if they were looking for situations where there likely to be some valuables left in a vehicle, that might be why they targeted a fitness place like this,” he said.

“The fact that the windows were broken just meant that they were able to do it very quickly, break the window, reach in the vehicle, take out what they could see in plain view,” Dorland added.

Dorland said he recommends individuals place any valuables where they are out of plain sight in the vehicle.

Brunswick and Copley police were not available for comment Thursday afternoon.

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