• Thief targets fitness center

    By: Tom Regan


    BUFORD, Ga. - A suspected thief is targeting a Gwinnett County fitness center and members said the person most recently used bolt cutters to break into their lockers and stole more than $9,000 in jewelry and possessions.

    Tony Howard and his spouse Wayne Freeman said they padlocked their lockers while completing a workout at L.A. Fitness Center.

    But a thief used bolt cutters to break the locks and stole their possessions, including Howard's $3,700 diamond encrusted wedding ring.

    "For someone to just come in with bolt cutters and break the locks, bolt cutters take up some space," said Freeman.

    Wayne said the two married three-years-ago in Washington D.C.

    "I know that stuff can be replaced but it's just the sentimental value of it," said Wayne. "The bracelet was for Valentine's (Day), the watch was for my birthday, so everything was a milestone in the history of our marriage."

    Howard said police told him they aren't the only victims.

    "I asked the question does this happen a lot at this gym," said Howard. "And he said the month of July there had been 35 and 40 thefts between the lockers and out in the parking lot."

    Howard said the police recommended the fitness center install security cameras near the locker rooms but it has not happened.

    Howard and Freeman said the stolen items are insured, but that won't completely cover replacement costs. They said they are considering legal action against the fitness center.

    "They need to take responsibility for security," said Howard.

    L.A. Fitness Center did not immediately respond to Channel 2 Actions News' request for comment.

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