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Only one item showed up on today’s daily crime bulletin from Evanston police–a locker theft at LA Fitness at Sherman Avenue and Church Street.

Cmdr. Jay Pollard said that locker thefts at the fitness center are a regular occurrence and that the department has been working with the owners to suggest ways to minimize them.

A major problem is that, by law, locker rooms cannot be monitored by surveillance cameras, he said, and some people neglect placing a lock on the locker they use.

In this case, someone broke into a locked locker in the men’s locker room between 10:21 and 10:51 a.m. yesterday and made off with a brown leather wallet, a set of house keys, and a Banana Republic men’s gray/black reversible vest.

The offender is still at large.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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  1. surveillance cameras

    I go to the High Ridge YMCA on Touhy. They have a surveillance camera at the bottom of stairs as you enter the Locker Room for men. Perhaps LA Fitness could find a spot for one so they can see whose coming and going before the enter locker/shower area.

    1. LA Fitness surveillance camera
      LA Fitness does have a camera in the hallway ceiling leading to the women’s and men’s locker rooms. The issue is: does anyone there ever monitor that camera or look at it after a theft? I doubt it.

  2. An attendant might help

    The Chicago Health Club that used to be at Ridge and Devon did not have many thefts. There was an attendant in the locker room who sold juice, rented towels, etc. who could look for something being wrong. Of course the fact that many policemen worked out there as well as body builders (a Mr. Universe and a Mr. Olympia) and weight lifters—all who would have made short shrift of a thief.

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