Scottsdale man linked to locker burglaries at fitness centers

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by Kristine Harrington

azfamily.com

Posted on January 17, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 17 at 8:27 PM

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- A Scottsdale man is believed to be responsible for numerous locker burglaries at fitness centers across the Valley.

Jeremy Carter, 34, had been a person of interest since October.

Scottsdale police say after the LA Fitness near Scottsdale and McDowell roads was hit Oct. 13, they zeroed in on Carter. According to court records, he hit three gyms in one day last week.

On Friday, police followed Carter to a Tempe gym and once he left, officers made a traffic stop and arrested him.

People who work out at the Lifetime Fitness in Tempe can’t believe it.

"When I get changed I'll leave my wallet in and my wedding ring," Brad Berman said. "The only thing I take is my gym clothes and iPod and away I go and I never really think about it."

Police say Carter broke into gym lockers and stole all sorts of valuables in an effort to support his drug habit.

"When the search warrant was served at his residence, there were a variety of items, identifications, wallets and credit cards, that belonged to multiple people that were not himself," said Scottsdale police Detective David Pubins.

Berman finds it hard to believe that someone was able to commit such a crime at his Lifetime Fitness.

"It's a secure area so it's not something where you think maybe this will get ripped off plus as you walk in the locker room there's a staff right there,” Berman said. "This just never crossed my mind."

Especially because at most gyms you have to show ID to get in, but police say Carter was able to enter without permission or paying. Police say locked lockers didn't slow him down either.

"He's finding a way to defeat that and get into those lockers then he'll take whatever property is in a locker and get out as quickly as he can," Pubins said. "He's usually loading the stuff into a backpack and leaves the scene very quickly."

Police say he hit Lifetime Fitness, LA Fitness and 24 Hour Fitness locations in Mesa, Tempe, Phoenix and Scottsdale.  

Pubins suggests that people "bring an ID card and car keys and keep them on your person then you don't need to utilize a locker."

Carter now faces multiple charges including burglary, theft and possession of marijuana. 

 
 

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