Long Reach gym's security thwarts locker room voyeurs

March 11, 1993|By Alisa Samuels | Alisa Samuels,Staff Writer

A security system thwarted intruders as they drilled peepholes to look into the locker room of a Long Reach women's gym Friday night, police said.

Officers have made no arrests, but they have identified suspects and charges of breaking and entering are pending, said police spokesman Sgt. Gary L. Gardner.

Police were alerted when the security system was triggered about 9:30 p.m. at the Synergy women's gym, in the 8800 block of Columbia 100 Parkway in Long Reach.

Police arrived to discover the gym's front door open and holes drilled through the ceiling.

The intruders' effort began in an adjacent business, Custom Correspondence, where they removed a ceiling tile to gain access to the gym.

The gym was closed at the time and nothing appeared to be missing, police said.

"Once they went up [into the ceiling], the alarm went off," Sergeant Gardner said. "It was the first time they had done such a thing."

The intruders apparently fled through the front door of the gym after setting off the alarm.

Custom Correspondence owners filed a complaint with police stating that their business, a greeting card company, had been burglarized.

Charmaine Gordon, owner of Synergy, said the locker room ceiling has been repaired but declined to comment further.

The gym has about 500 members and has been open about 19 months, employees said.

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