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Suspects Arrested in Recent Thefts from Cars at Local Gyms

The following information was provided by the Westlake Police Department. It does not indicate a conviction.

Earlier this week, police arrested a man and a woman who are suspected of breaking into cars at local gyms.

A citizen reported that there were two people looking inside cars at Bally Total Fitness at about 7 p.m. on Jan. 26. 

Not long after, two cars were reportedly broken into at Inner Bliss yoga studio. The officers involved in both cases came to the decision that the incidents were probably related. 

According to information from the police, a 25-year old Lakewood woman had been arrested on a warrant from Fairview Park and cited for driving under suspension after the first incident. At the time, the 30-year-old Cleveland man with her was identified and released. He was later arrested on warrants from Rocky River Municipal Court, Capt. Guy Turner said in an email.

When the woman’s car was searched the next day, police found two credit cards and two gift cards that had been taken from the cars at Inner Bliss. They also found purses, bags and a window punch. The woman was at the jail, and police found a brush and more small items that had been taken in a previous theft from a vehicle. The items were identified by the owner. 

Turner said that both suspects were in the Westlake jail as of Jan. 29, and information about the theft cases has been sent to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor for consideration of possible felony charges.

There have been a number of purse thefts from parked cars in recent months in Westlake.

Everybody makes mistakes ... even us! If there's something in this article that you think should be corrected, or if something else is amiss, give Local Editor Rachel Abbey McCafferty a ring at 440-292-7245 or shoot her an email at rachel.abbey@patch.com.

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