iPhones, Cash Stolen from YMCA Lockers

Two men had iPhones, other valuables stolen from lockers at the Wyckoff YMCA this week

Two men had hundreds of dollars of personal property stolen from lockers this week, police reported.

One man told cops he had left his locker unlocked with his iPhone inside on Monday, Aug. 13. When the man returned, he discovered that the smart phone had been stolen, according to police.

Two days later, another man using a Y locker room reported that he had secured the locker with his own lock, but upon returning found the locker door wide open with the lock intact, police said. Thieves made off with his iPhone, a $500 watch and an unspecified amount of cash.

Chief Benjamin Fox cautioned residents to avoid bringing valuables to public locker rooms.

"Items of value that they currently leave in a locker, should be secured in their locked car," Fox said. "While not guaranteed to be safe in a vehicle, it is unquestionably safer than a public gym locker."

Wyckoff YMCA Executive Director Joy Vottero went a step further.

"Members are advised to leave all valuables at home and to lock personal belongings in a locker," Vottero said.

"The Y takes every precaution to ensure a safe and secure environment for its members," she said, adding that the YMCA works closely with the Wyckoff Police Department to prevent theft.

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AML August 17, 2012 at 06:48 PM
What is happening? First unlocked cars are being broken into & valuable items have been stolen, secondly, a resident left a door open to her home knowing that she would be away for several days & items were taken, & now, valuables were taken from unlocked & locked lockers! It is sad that people cannot respect other people's property & resort to stealing, but more so importantly, sad at the stupidity of people for not taking PREVENTABLE precautions to lock their cars, homes, lockers & not to bring valuable items to be placed in a locker! Regardless of whether the locker was locked or not, you should not bring valuables to the Y or gym. Most gyms do have signs posted saying that they are not responsible for lost items even if placed in a locker secured with a lock. Why would anyone bring an IPhone, wear a $500 watch & bring cash to the Y? Leave it at home, or lock it in the trunk of your car. person who did lock his locker,
NLTITAN August 17, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Praise for the poor guy who locked his locker - idiot for the person who didn't! Same old story - oh gee I was robbed - but I didn't lock anything!!!
Louis August 21, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Linda C, I guess many of us are idiots then. There are way more people not locking their belongings at YMCAs than you realize. I've been locking my belongings at a school facility for years, but not at the YMCA because the general vibe has always been more safe. You can go through various lockers and find many of them unlocked. Glad to see you're quick to judge. Bad luck for both people in this article. As far as iPhones go -- I wouldn't be one to leave them outside in the heat. Why would ANYONE bring a watch, cash, and other belongings? Again, most people do.


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