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Beaverton police attempting to ID fitness club theft suspect

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Beaverton police think this woman has been going into women’s locker rooms at gyms to steal car keys, then steal items from the victims’ cars. (Beaverton Police Department) Beaverton police think this woman has been going into women’s locker rooms at gyms to steal car keys, then steal items from the victims’ cars. (Beaverton Police Department)
Investigators say the suspect’s accomplice is driving this 2014 silver Toyota RAV-4. (Beaverton Police Department) Investigators say the suspect’s accomplice is driving this 2014 silver Toyota RAV-4. (Beaverton Police Department)
BEAVERTON, OR (KPTV) -

The Beaverton Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying a woman suspected in a string of thefts at fitness centers in the Portland metro area.

According to police, the suspect uses a guest pass to enter the gyms, then cuts locks in the women’s locker rooms, frequently taking car keys.

Police say the suspect then goes to the parking lot, uses the keys to enter cars and steals items like purses, wallets, credit cards and identification cards from the victims' cars.

Investigators say that the suspect has used the stolen credit cards at nearby businesses and has also used the stolen IDs to open bank and credit accounts.

The suspect was seen at all of the 24 Hour Fitness and LA Fitness clubs in Beaverton on Friday, May 12. Officers also said the same woman is suspected in numerous other cases in the Portland area.

Theft victim Barbara Peterson told FOX 12 she was done working out at a Beaverton 24 Hour Fitness when she went to the locker room and noticed her lock wasn't there anymore.

When she opened the locker, she saw that everything but her sunglasses was gone.

“I had no car keys, no house keys, no anything because they took everything, my wallet, my ID, my credit cards,” Peterson said. “And, within two hours, they had charged over $5,000 to all my credit cards and debit cards.”

Workers at 24 Hour Fitness said they are aware of the thefts, and the company provided a statement on the investigation.

We are aware that theft has been reported at our 24 Hour Fitness Murray Scholls club.  The safety and security of our members are of the utmost importance for 24 Hour Fitness, and we want everyone to have a positive experience each time they visit our clubs.

The business also offered suggestions for guests to help prevent them from becoming a victim.

  • Never leave personal belongings unattended
  • Leave valuables at home or work
  • Lock your car and do not leave items visible inside
  • Use an armband or fanny pack to hold your ID cards, keys and money while you work out
  • Report suspicious activity to 24 Hour Fitness team members or the police immediately

Investigators believe the suspect has an unidentified accomplice believed to be driving a 2014 silver Toyota RAV-4 with an unknown license plate number. Police are not sure if any more suspects are involved.

Anyone with information on these thefts is asked to call 503-629-0111.

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