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Santa Barbara police warn residents of increase in thefts at local gyms

The Santa Barbara Police Department is warning residents about an increase in thefts from lockers at local fitness centers.

Police say the thefts involve either the victims leaving their locker unsecured or a suspect or suspects opening a combination lock that was on the locker. They say suspects are able to open the combination lock without damaging the lock or leaving obvious signs of a forced entry.

“Unfortunately, the combination style locks appear to be less effective and/or secure than a lock requiring a key,” said a news release from the Santa Barbara Police Department.

The suspects have removed only the credit cards from a wallet or purse in the most recent theft cases, according to police. The suspects then use those stolen credit cards to purchase items or gift cards.

Police remind the community to be sure to check on your belongings thoroughly after returning to your locker. Contact police if you notice anything stolen. They also remind residents to be alert when using combination locks when storing away anything at a storage unit, carport storage area or outdoor shed.

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