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BEWARE: Multiple Gym Members In Spokane Victimized By Thief

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PRESS RELEASE FROM THE SPOKANE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE: From November, 2013 through February, 2014, detectives with the Spokane County Sheriff’s Investigative Task Force (ITF) noticed a large increase in Crime Check theft reports from local Spokane area gyms such as Oz Fitness, YMCA and Gold’s gyms.

The basis of all the theft reports had a common theme: victim’s had their wallets, car keys, and even firearms stolen from inside their lockers while they exercised. In some of the incidents the lock had been cut off the locker, but in most incidents the victim had left their belongings in an unsecured locker. Most who had their car keys stolen also found items stolen from inside their vehicles, which were parked in the gym’s parking lot.

The victims quickly called their banks to report their credit/debit cards as stolen and in many of the cases the banks advised the stolen cards had already been used at nearby retail stores to purchase unknown items for large sums of money. ITF detectives determined one of the main items that were being purchased with the stolen cards were several $500 Visa gift cards. ITF detectives were able to obtain surveillance video footage from several of the retail stores showing one of the suspects using the stolen cards. Investigators were able to positively identify the suspect as 24-year-old Ilya B. Glushchenko.

Detectives determined probable cause existed to request the Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office charge Glushchenko with multiple counts of 2nd degree theft, multiple counts of 2nd degree identity theft, and multiple counts of money laundering. A warrant has been issued for Glushchenko’s arrest. He is currently an inmate at the Kootenai County Jail.

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