TRUMBULL, Conn. -- Two juveniles from Derby were charged with trying to steal a car from the parking lot of L.A. Fitness at the Westfield Trumbull Mall on Monday.
Police said that a Bridgeport resident had been working out in the gym when he left his keys and belongings in an unlocked locker in the men's locker room. One of the suspects entered the locker room at around 5:30 p.m. and removed the keys, police said.
A Trumbull police officer who was patrolling the area saw the suspect and an accomplice acting suspiciously in the parking lot while trying to locate the car that matched the stolen keys, according to police. The two were arrested a short time later and the keys were recovered.
The two juveniles were charged with sixth-degree larceny, criminal attempt at third-degree larceny and criminal trespass. They are scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 26.
Police said that there have been eight vehicle thefts from L.A. Fitness within the past several weeks while gym members were using the facility. Citizens are reminded to safeguard their valuables and vehicles by keeping their keys with them, or in a secure location at all times when they are working out. Leaving these items in unlocked lockers or unsecured areas provides an easy target for thieves, police said.
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