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Posted: Tuesday, February 5, 2013 3:11 pm

On Dec.30, 2012, a suspect illegally gained access to a locker and stole two credit cards from a member at a local LA Fitness gym. The theft was discovered and reported later that same day.

Detectives with the Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Division learned the suspect obtained a membership with LA Fitness and used it to gain access to their facilities.

The thief quickly began to make purchases using the two stolen cards. After 45 minutes went by, the first transaction was made at a local Starbuck’s.

The spending ended about ten hours and more than $20,000 later at an El Charro’s restaurant. In between, the suspect went on a shopping spree involving electronics, jewelry and men’s underwear purchased at a local Macy’s store.

The investigation produced information and leads, including video footage, showing the suspect in action. It seems the suspect also frequented other LA Fitness gyms in the Tucson area and even in Phoenix and Scottsdale.

The suspect is described as a Caucasian male in his mid-forties, approximately 6 feet tall weighing about 220 pounds. He has short receding salt and pepper hair and possibly spoke with a Russian accent.

Anyone with information on the individual’s identity or whereabouts is urged to call 9-1-1, 88-CRIME or Detective Laura Gil directly at (520) 351-6634.

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