Arlington Police Seek Gym Theft Suspect

by ARLnow.com November 7, 2012 at 1:15 pm 6,416 26 Comments

(Updated at 4:40 on 11/9/12) Arlington County Police are on the lookout for a man who they say has been stealing credit cards from gym lockers around north Arlington.

Robert Brockington, 37, is accused of “multiple counts of credit card larceny and credit card fraud.” He is “known to frequent area gyms, and will take wallets and credit cards from both locked and unlocked lockers,” according to police.

The police department is asking anyone with information on Brockington to contact Det. Steven Roeseler at 703-228-4182.

From an ACPD press release:

The Arlington County Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating an at-large larceny suspect. Robert Brockington is wanted for multiple counts of credit card larceny and credit card fraud. Brockington is known to steal credit cards from gym lockers at various gyms in North Arlington and uses the cards throughout the region.

Brockington is a 37 year old black male. He is approximately 6’0” tall and weighs 250 lbs. The suspect has a tattoo on the right side of his neck. Brockington is known to frequent area gyms, and will take wallets and credit cards from both locked and unlocked lockers.

If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Robert Brockington, please contact Detective Steven Roeseler of the Arlington County Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division at 703.228.4182 or at [email protected] To report information anonymously, contact the Arlington County Crime Solvers at 866.411.TIPS (8477).

The gyms the suspect allegedly targeted in Arlington include the Gold’s Gym at 3910 Wilson Blvd, the Gold’s Gym at 1220 N. Fillmore Street and the Sport and Health at 1122 N. Kirkwood Road.

In response to questions and requests he has received regarding increasing patrolling since this information was released to the public on Wednesday (November 7), ACPD spokesman Dustin Sternbeck points out that police typically do not patrol private property.

  • JohnB2

    Why haven’t the multiple thefts been reported on the weekly crime reports?

  • Columbia Pike Resident

    What idiots leave their valuables open for thieves? You’re welcoming theft. Sorry – I don’t feel sorry for you. Invest in a lock.

    • Captain_Obvious

      Right, blame the victims, not the criminal.

    • jackson

      The suspect has a tattoo on the right side of his neck. Brockington is known to frequent area gyms, and will take wallets and credit cards from both locked and unlocked lockers.

      I think you missed that part.

  • roquer

    Good luck catching this guy Det. Roeseler.

    • Ballston Resident

      Det, Roeseler,

      Let us residents of Ballston know what we can do to help you catch this guy. Thank you for your effort, it is appreciated!

  • barryballston

    why didn’t they just arrest him when they took that picture?

    • Brasco

      I heard they tried but he had an appointment to go to at the “Ask a dumb question group.”

    • drax

      Picture isn’t tilted enough.

  • Arbitrage

    Did Bob jimmy the gym lockers?

    • Cabbitrage

      Did Jim bobby the gym lockers?

  • Jim Moron
    • B22201

      He’s a sly one. . . I wouldn’t think to be on the look-out for a guy in powder-blue suit.

  • Malaka

    He is approximately 6’0” tall and weighs 250 lbs….known to frequent area gyms…..you’d think he’d be in better shape by now 🙂

    • Cheeps

      That’s b/c the only thing he lifts is wallets.

  • Barbara Jones

    This guy cut the lock off my husband’s locker –left the cell phone and keys, just took the wallet. did the same thing to another man’s locker nearby. This is a sophisticated thief with tools. the bigger question is how he manages to just walk passed the reception desk and right into the locker rooms unnoticed.

    • JohnB2

      Probably dressed as a guy planning on working out or as a maintenance worker for the club/mall/etc.

    • Ballston

      A thief (presumably this guy) did the same thing to me this summer at the Sport and Health on Kirkwood – he cut the lock off my locker, taking only the wallet while leaving the cell phone and keys. As to how he got in, the front desk attendant admitted that he had left the desk unattended for a few minutes.

  • Just Me

    Don’t you have to check in at most gyms? I didn’t think you could just walk in and do whatever you want.

    • Ballstownian

      A lot of it depends on the attentiveness of the staff. I remember when I used to work out at Golds in Ballston, the front desk almost never acknowledged your presence or looked up at you. I’ve also been to other gyms where the desk wasn’t optimally positioned, so if it got crowded (AM/PM rush), the staff member really didn’t have a good view of the door.

      Hell, I remember that same Golds used to have a keyrack right next to the entrance when they first opened. Virtually certain they had a few vehicle thefts before they took it down.

  • Right of Center

    Robert Brockington from no fixed address??

  • LZZ

    It would be helpful if they mentioned which specific gyms he’s hit, for reference.

  • CW

    So the guy is the size of a house, and we know his name, age, and everything about him, but we can’t find him. Great work ACPD!

    • drax

      I’m sure he’s not, like, laying low or anything. He’s just walking around the streets in full view, probably right in front of the police headquarters.

  • Sabbatage

    The question is – when he “frequents” these
    sweat and bacteria traps does anyone ask to see his membership card? Or does he flash a different one?

  • Rose

    Good luck Detective Roeseler. As we know it takes everyone’s time and effort to help find these thieves.


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