A rash of similar burglaries that cops say take less than a minute to commit have hit health clubs in several northern Bergen County towns, NorthJersey.com reported.
According to the report, burglars are smashing in car windows of cars parked at health clubs and gyms to steal purses, wallets, cell phones, and other valuables left inside the cars while locals head inside to work out.
Mahwah has seen seven of these incidents at township health clubs over the past two weeks; Ramsey has had five such burglaries since November; and Wyckoff has had five break-ins reported since December, police told NorthJersey.com. All of the incidents are similar, the report said, likely using a spring-loaded punch tool to break a window without making much noise. And, most happen during the day, it said.
The New York Sports Clubs in Mahwah and Ramsey, Retro Fitness in Ramsey, and Wyckoff YMCA in Wyckoff have all be targeted, the report said.
Authorities from different agencies said they are working together and using surveillance video to investigate the similar incidents, the report said.