Help police catch man who stole credit cards from gyms, went on shopping sprees

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McCANDLESS TOWNSHIP, Pa. —

Police said credit cards were stolen from unsuspecting people while they worked out at the gym.

Police tracked the stolen cards to the McCandless Township and Bethel Park L.A. Fitness gyms.

According to police, a man bought day passes using a fake ID to get inside and target lockers.

Police said the man used something like bolt cutters to cut open the locks. Once he got the wallets, he actually put new locks on the lockers.

“By the time gym members notified management to help and cut the locks off, he’s probably already making purchases,” said Lt. Donald O’Connor of McCandless Township police.

“I think things being broken into here is scary,” said gym member Christina Huffmyer.

The man went on a two-day spending spree at Ross Park and South Hills Village malls, racking up thousands of dollars.

The man spent $6,600 at Macy’s, $1,900 at Louis Vuitton and $600 at the Cheesecake Factory at Ross Park Mall with other people’s credit cards, police said.  An attempted sale at Footlocker was declined.

The next day, police said the man spent hundreds of dollars at Footlocker and Game Stop.  He was turned down trying to make a $2,600 purchase at Macy’s.

Police said the man was accompanied by a woman during his shopping spree.