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Boynton LA Fitness targeted again by thieves

By Lynn Gordon - email

BOYNTON BEACH, FL (WFLX) - The LA Fitness on Congress Avenue in Boynton Beach once again becomes the target of thieves.

This smash and grab happened in the parking lot of the gym Friday.

"You can see every vehicle from everywhere no matter where you're standing. [I] don't know how much more you can do in there," said Ron Hall.

Over the past year, thieves have struck more than two dozen times -- smashing out car windows and grabbing whatever they can. "I don't even feel comfortable working out here anymore," said one member.

Ron Hall is just the latest victim in a rash of smash and grab burglaries. After his workout, Hall walked out to the parking lot to find the back window of his Chevy Avalanche busted and his briefcase gone. "I've lost a day 'cuz I had to get my car fixed," said Hall.

In June, someone broke into two lockers inside the gym and stole a $4,000 Rolex and a $6,500 Breitling.

Just a few days later, two cars were broken into in the parking lot in broad day light. Thieves getting away with hundreds of dollars worth of valuables and cash.

But it doesn't appear LA fitness has beefed up security. There are no surveillance cameras and no one designated to patrol the parking lot.

The general manager at LA Fitness wouldn't talk on camera, but, when asked if security had been increased, he told responded there are police officers in the gym working out all the time. He also said Boynton Beach police patrol the parking lot on a regular basis.

"I see police going through the parking lot a lot all the time," said gym member Don Fenton. "It seems to be very safe; that's my opinion."

We also tried to contact LA Fitness corporate headquarters, but they did not return our phone calls.

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