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Thefts in gym prompt police investigation
By Amanda Hickey
Students beware: when going to the fitness center in the English E. Jones Health and Physical Education Center, avoid bringing personal property.
Two larcenies occurred in the fitness center on Jan. 18.
A gym bag was stolen from the storage compartment located at the entrance of the fitness center in both incidents, said Detective Ed Locklear of Campus Police.
In one bag, there were three mouthpieces, blue and white tennis shoes, a black flight jacket, two ankle braces, the student's ID, license and keys. In the second bag, there were work boots, a digital watch and keys, according to Locklear.
The suspect was described as a white male, with blonde or brown hair, reddish facial hair, early 20s, green shirt and blue jean pants.
Campus police received another call after e-mailing the students, faculty and staff of UNCP. A student reported someone approaching her asking for money.
"The one thing she did add was he had an earring in one of his ears," said Locklear.
Until Campus Police is able to locate the person responsible, they ask that students don't bring personal property to the fitness center.
"Larceny is a crime of opportunity. You have to take the opportunity," said Locklear.
"Take a few minutes to secure your property in your room or vehicle. It's a lot better to take those few minutes than to lose your property," continued Locklear.
If a student has to bring their property to the gym, there are 10 cubbies in the gym or ask to place it behind the desk.
"If you're going to the gym to work out, don't bring anything but your keys and ID," said Locklear. Locklear also suggests a neck key chain.