Local gyms and businesses targeted in car burglaries in Columbus

Published: Sep. 2, 2018 at 2:07 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 2, 2018 at 2:00 PM EDT
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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Jamie Clark goes to Body Evolution Gym on Milgen Road. He has for more than three years. He says this is the first time he's seen a string of burglaries in the parking lot of this gym and around the area.

"It's very upsetting. We're up there trying to improve ourselves and not focusing on our cars out here, but we're worried that our cars are being broken into while we're not paying attention," says Clark.

He says it's now happened more than three times.

"The landlord has added lights since the second time this happened but it's still pretty dark in this area. I don't know if police presence is super heavy. We are kind of in the back," says Clark.

The owner of the gym says it's been a problem for six weeks now and it's not only happening there. Other gyms and businesses in the area say they've received complaints from their customers of their vehicles being broken into as well.

"What we've been told and what we actually seen on a member's phone is that they're gym hopping. One of our members had her phone stolen and we were able to track her phone. They went from here to planet fitness and I think it was Max after that. We've had four break-ins in the last six weeks," says Pam George, who is the manager of Body Evolution.

Columbus police say they've been investigating the burglaries for fingerprints and clues that could lead to arresting a suspect, but so far, no suspect has been arrested. They're advising everyone to keep valuables out of the line of sight as well as contacting police if you see or know anything about these burglaries.

The last break-in happening a day ago to they say next week they'll have more of a presence in the parking lots to monitor any suspicious activity.

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