Months later, smash-and-grabs continue outside Oro Valley gym

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Months later, smash-and-grabs continue outside Oro Valley gym

By Cory Marshall. CREATED Aug 15, 2014

ORO VALLEY, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - Oro Valley resident, Rachel McCoy's, sealed rear side window says it all. Wednesday morning, before going inside the LA Fitness on Oracle Road in Oro Valley, McCoy placed her purse in her trunk and covered it up, thinking it was safer than putting it in a locker. A picture, provided by McCoy, shows a sign warning customers of locker room thefts. McCoy says it could not have been more than 15 minutes into her workout, when someone called her to the front desk.

"Glass shattered everywhere and I instantly knew," McCoy told 9OYS. "My glasses, my wallet absolutely every bank card, credit card -- my license," she continued.

Oro Valley Police say there have been six thefts at this particular LA Fitness location since April and the story may sound familiar.

Back in February, another viewer contacted 9OYS after thieves broke into her car while at the same LA fitness facility. Then, police told 9OYS they had previously recommended the location invest in surveillance cameras or some type of preventative measure to curb crime. Months later, it appears not much has changed.

"That's where my frustration lies. I know this can happen anywhere but I also know, it has repeatedly happened here," McCoy said.

Admittedly, break-ins can happen anywhere. Oro Valley Police Sgt. Carmen Trevizo says the same day thieves stole McCoys purse, police responded to another theft outside a different gym just down the road. However, police say break-ins at other fitness facility's are isolated and nothing to the level of LA Fitness' rash of smash-and-grabs.

"If you can't get the assistance of management wherever you're visiting, at least do what's in your control to help prevent the crime," Sgt. Trevizo said in a sit-down interview with 9OYS.

Police say it is important the public remain aware of their surroundings; call 911 if you see something or someone suspicious and use gym lockers as opposed to leaving items in your car . Police say if items are stolen from gym lockers located inside, they have an automatic lead in knowing the person was inside the gym at one point. Additionally, Sgt. Trevizo recommends, if possible, gym-goers leave purses, bags at home.

Fed up with the fitness center, McCoy and a friend have since canceled their memberships.

Nine On Your Side called and sent multiple emails to LA Fitness' corporate offices over the course of a couple days, to see what they have done or plan to do to curb crime, we have yet to hear back.