A 23-year-old man was busted for stealing from lockers at the Westport YMCA on several occasions, according to the Westport Police.
Westport Police were alerted to the thefts for the first time on Jan. 29 after receiving an online report of larceny from the Westport Weston YMCA, said Lt. Jillian Cabana.
The victim reported that while placing his personal belongings in one of the gym lockers, he observed a suspicious male in the locker room who appeared to be watching him and attempting to see the lock combination. When the victim later returned to the locker, he found the contents disturbed and $80 had been stolen from his wallet, Cabana said.
Two similar incidents were reported on Jan. 30 and 31, she added.
On Jan. 30, a victim’s locker was entered and rifled through, but nothing was taken. The victim reported a man being in the locker room that could have seen his locker code. On Jan. 31, another locker was entered and a watch was stolen, Cabana said.
During an investigation, a suspect was observed on surveillance video on all three days during the timeframe of each incident. In viewing the footage, the officer recognized the suspect as Brandon Fitzgerald, 23, of Torrington, from a previous incident, she said.
During the investigation of the previous incident, Fitzgerald was advised he was not allowed to return to the YMCA. An arrest warrant application was submitted for Fitzgerald and later approved. The investigating officer also submitted arrest warrant applications for Fitzgerald for trespassing on YMCA property.
Fitzgerald turned himself in on June 16 on the active warrants. He was charged with burglary, criminal trespass, larceny and was released after posting $25,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court on June 25.
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