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APD: Auto Thieves Targeting Fitness Centers

Updated: Friday, March 7 2014, 06:27 PM CST

While you're inside the gym trying to lose some pounds, you may also be losing your car. Austin police say there is a theft ring targeting fitness centers.

"What they'll do is go in with other members or as a group to conceal their entry, go to the ladies locker room and look for keys, cell phone, purses in unsecured lockers," says Detective Scott Trujo with the Austin Police Department.

Once they get your keys, the criminal use your key fob to locate your car and in just a few minutes they're gone.

So far, the criminals stole 11 cars in Austin, four of those cars have been recovered outside city limits.

Detectives believe those criminals may be women because most of the victims had keys stolen from women's locker rooms at local gyms.

"They tend to target the large commercial chain type gyms," says Trujo.

But police say anyone who leaves their keys unattended is a potential victim.

"I don't have a locker, I plan on being here about an hour or so, because I go to work right after this so I kind of leave my keys hanging at whatever stations I'm at, sometimes I go to bathroom, get a drink and leave it there and don't think anything of it," says Terrian Henderson.

But Henderson says next time he hits the gym he'll be keeping his keys with him.

Police advise you to always keep your keys with you. There have been cases where keys are stolen from lockers that are locked.

By Lydia Pantazes

APD: Auto Thieves Targeting Fitness Centers

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