Investigation underway after thief picks locks at Quincy YMCA

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QUINCY, Mass. – Police say a professional thief is on the run after allegedly picking at least two locks at the Quincy YMCA and stealing items from unsuspecting victims.

Police tell Boston 25 News the thief even placed the still-functioning locks back in place before taking off. 

One victim said he left the gym and went home, all without knowing what had happened until his credit card company called and said someone had bought more than $9,000 worth of merchandise at the Apple Store in Dedham.

That victim contacted a friend who had been in the locker room around the same time. That man’s car keys had been taken and the thief entered his car.

Another friend says he was there when the man couldn’t find his keys.

“I was here. My buddy was looking for his keys and couldn’t understand what happened,” Bob Begin, a YMCA member who knows the victims, said. “They went into his car, stole his credit card and charged $4,000 at the Apple Store. You know it’s crazy.”

Police are still investigating to see if they can track down the thief, meanwhile the YMCA says it has increased security.

“A top priority of the South Shore YMCA is ensuring the safety of our members and their valuables... In light of the recent events at the Quincy branch, the Y has increased staff presence in the locker rooms,” the YMCA said in a statement.

Both victims reported minor scratches on the padlocks they had on their lockers, but otherwise they were fully functional.

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