Gym Locker Room Thieves Buy Gift Cards With Spoils
COLUMBIA, Md. (CBSDC) — Howard County police are looking for three suspects who allegedly stole cash and credit cards from gym lockers and used them to purchase thousands of dollars worth of gift cards at a nearby drugstore.
Two men not dressed in athletic clothes entered the Supreme Sports Club in the 7000 block of Deepage Drive in Columbia just before 2 p.m. April 20 and paid to use the gym, according to the club’s manager.
Video surveillance from the club shows the two men entering two locker rooms. About a half hour later, two gym patrons reported to police that their lockers had been broken into and several items, including cash and credit cards, were stolen.
Police found that pad locks on the lockers had been removed with a sharp tool. They also found four other lockers that had cut marks on them but weren’t opened.
The victims learned from their credit card companies that their cards had been used to make a large purchase a short time later at a CVS in the 8600 block of Guilford Road. Surveillance video from the store shows one of the men from the gym enter the store with a female. The two suspects used the credit cards stolen from the gym to purchase $8,000 worth of gift cards.
Police describe the man at the gym who also went to the CVS as black, 18-28 years old, about 6-feet tall, and wearing blue jeans and a denim jacket. The other man at the gym is black, 18-28 years old, about 6-feet tall, weighing 170 pounds, and wearing blue jeans, a denim vest, and a black shirt. The female suspect at the CVS is black, 20-30 years old, about 5-feet 4-inches tall, weighing 130 pounds, and wearing a dark-colored athletic jump suit.
Police ask anyone with information to call 410-313-STOP. Callers may remain anonymous. Citizens may also provide anonymous tips through the free smartphone app, iWatchHowardCounty.
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