Locker rooms in YMCAs across the Big Apple have been emptied out by a woman who cops believe is connected to at least 13 such cases spanning more than a year, police said Wednesday.
In each incident, the suspect entered a YMCA women’s locker room in locations across Brooklyn, Manhattan and Staten Island between Dec. 28, 2018, and Oct. 24, 2019, and swiped women’s belongings including jewelry, cash and cellphones from open lockers –– with the exception of one incident in which the suspect broke a lock and got away empty-handed, police said.
The first incident took place over a year ago, on Friday, Dec. 28, at the YMCA at 224 E. 47th St. in Manhattan, when a 33-year-old woman discovered her belongings were missing from her locker around 7:15 p.m., according to police.
Police discovered that the suspect had entered the locker room around 6 p.m. that day.
Two days later, police received another report from the YMCA just across town at 5 W. 63rd St. in Manhattan around 5:40 p.m. of missing property from a locker.
Police discovered that the suspect had walked into the locker room at 3:30 p.m. the same day.
For the next year, the suspect allegedly entered 11 other YMCA women’s locker rooms and stole property from individual lockers, according to police.
Four of the incidents took place at the YMCA located at 224 E. 47th St., and the remaining nine incidents took place at various locations including 5 W. 63rd St., 273 Bowery, 125 W. 14th St., 651 Broadway, 5 W. 63rd St., 2980 W. 29th St., 357 9th St., 273 Bowery and 225 Atlantic Ave.
In each of the 13 incidents, police discovered the same suspect had entered each of the locker rooms prior to when the victims reported their property missing.
“Detectives have been working this case for a while and have a pretty good idea of who this person is,” according to a police source, who said the person lives out of state. She has never been arrested in New York, the source added.
“The first priority of the YMCA of Greater New York is the health and safety of those we serve,” spokesman Erik Opsal said in a statement. “We alerted law enforcement since becoming aware of this situation and continue to do everything we can to aid their investigation. The YMCA encourages all our members and guests to use a lock when securing their valuables in a locker.”