L.I. Man Arrested in Gym Locker Thefts

Police say Richard Ray stole from gym lockers at two separate New York Sports Clubs on Long Island

Friday, Sep 21, 2012  |  Updated 10:57 AM EDT
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L.I. Man Arrested in Gym Locker Thefts

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A 53-year-old Medford man has been accused of robbing gym lockers at two Long Island sports clubs over the last month, police said.

Detectives say Richard Ray walked into the New York Sports Club on Duffy Avenue in Hicksville on Sept. 1, broke into a gym member's locker and stole a wallet, an iPhone and keys before fleeing the premises.

Ray allegedly struck again this past Monday at a New York Sports Club in Garden City. Detectives say Ray went into the men's locker room and broke into two lockers. He allegedly stole cash from one and car keys from the other.

After leaving the gym, detectives say Ray used the car remote on the keys to find the vehicle and steal it.

On Thursday, detectives say Ray tried to hit the same sports club he hit Sept. 1, but when he tried using a stolen membership key card to check in, the desk clerk noticed the picture that popped up on the computer screen didn't match Ray.

Ray left the gym after being questioned and the gym manager called police to report him. Authorities caught up with him on a street corner a few hours later and arrested him. During the arrest, detectives obtained the location of the vehicle Ray allegedly stole days earlier and recovered it in Patchogue.

Ray was charged with three counts of burglary, two counts of grand larceny and an unrelated warrant charge. He's scheduled to be arraigned later Friday. Information on an attorney wasn't available.

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