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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