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Two arrested for thefts of IPhones, cash and credit cards at YMCA

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BOARDMAN TWP., Ohio - Two men are arrested by Boardman Police and accused of a number of thefts at the Davis Family YMCA on McClurg Road.

"We've had cell phones taken, cash taken from lockers, keys taken from lockers. The keys were then taken to the parking lot, and vehicles located by the key fobs, and money and property taken from the cars," says Detective Doug Flara.

Boardman police detectives have recently arrested two people for separate incidents involving a number of the thefts that have occurred at the facility since January.

One of the suspects was 17 years old at the time of the crimes, and although he is 18 now, the case will be heard in juvenile court.

Daniel Watkins of Squirrel Hill is also charged.

According to police, Watkins admitted to taking at least seven IPhones when people were working out at the gym.

In one case a young girl left her phone out in the open in by the basketball courts as she played, and a few minutes later someone alerted her that a man picked up her phone and walked briskly towards the exit.

"Most of the crimes occured in the locker room area. Also several phones were taken from the basketball court, as well as the weight room," Flara says. "Once again, property lying around unsecured. We haven't had any forced entry into any of the lockers, it's always been unsecured lockers and property."

Tom Gratanic of the YMCA says they provide lockers for a reason, but they can only protect you if secure your belongings with a lock.

"People have a love affair with their cell phones and make sure they're near them at all times. And one of the things that drive me nuts is when they leave them on the bench in the gym or something like that, and then go play basketball," Gratanic says. "And then when they go back to get their phone, well, it's gone. Because someone picked it up. Put it in your locker, put a lock on it, and that solves 99-percent of the issues."

Police are now investigating another series of thefts and say similar crimes of opportunity can happen anywhere, at anytime.

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