Thief lifts credit cards from local gym, goes on $20K shopping spree

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Thief lifts credit cards from local gym, goes on $20K shopping spree

CREATED Feb 5, 2013

Reporter: Alexis Fernandez

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Deputies are looking for a man suspected of racking up a $20,000 tab on two stolen credit cards.

Detective Laura Gil, with the Pima County Sheriff's Department says it started the morning of December 30, before 10 a.m., when the thief lifted two credit cards from a locker at an LA Fitness gym in Tucson where he had a membership.

The suspect quickly began making purchases at several stores around town.
"Some of the purchases that were made with the stolen credit cards were expensive jewelry, expensive electronics," said Gil.

The spree went on for 10-hours and by the last swipe, more than $20,000 had been charged, enough to buy a brand new car.

9OYS's Alexis Fernandez asked Detective Gil why it is crucial to catch the suspect?

"It is important because we don't know if there is other victims out there, a lot of times we're not aware of other victims either because they don't report, so we cant investigate," she responded.

But there is something you can do to protect yourself from being ripped off when you're just trying to get ripped.

And according to Matt Ryan, with Desert Sports & Fitness, it's no sweat.

"Bottom line if you want your stuff to be safe, use a lock," he said.

The suspect is described as a Caucasian male in his mid-forties, approximately 6 feet tall weighing about 220 lbs. He has short hair and has a possible Russian accent.

If you have any information about the suspect you are urged to call 9-1-1 or 88-CRIME.