By Stephen Mayer, Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
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OVERLAND PARK, KS (KCTV) -
Police are warning gym-goers after they said they've seen a huge spike in car burglaries in area gym parking lots.
The holiday season isn't going as planned for Christina Sobek. She was working out at a 24 Hour Fitness, located off 119th Street and Metcalf Avenue last Saturday when someone smashed her car window and stole her purse.
Within an hour, her credit card was used to buy $630 worth of merchandise at a Best Buy, a $70 charge showed up at the nearby Walmart and the bad guy even stopped at the KFC down the street, racking up a $46 charge.
The thief also stole Sobek's driver's license with her home address and she's still on edge several days later.
"I wake up at night, in the middle of the night, thinking I see somebody there. That's how freaked out I am because these people have my address," she said.
Unfortunately, Sobek isn't alone. Overland Park, KS, police said, from January through September, they worked 11 car break-ins at area gyms, but that number skyrocketed over the past three months with 16 reported burglaries.
Officer Gary Mason said detectives are doing everything they can to put an end to the crimes.
"We try to hit the health clubs and increase our visibility in those regions - contacting the management to let them know to let their people know we are having those issues," he said.
Mason urges people to take any valuables with them and lock them up inside. When it comes to personal safety, he said you can never be too careful.
"If you are by yourself, if you are suspicious, stop and ask someone to escort you. Call us, we will walk you out. Be aware of your surroundings, never take a chance if you think something is funny," Mason said.
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