Police say the arrest of a man on multiple counts of credit-card fraud, stealing cards and identity theft is a reminder for people to always make sure their valuables are securely stored when they are working out at gyms.
Monday, detectives brought Dapo Ayo Taiwo, 44, to their offices for questioning, then charged him with taking cards while victims were using four different facilities on various days last month. Arrest warrants said he used the cards to buy thousands of dollars worth of gift cards that can be used by anyone.
Wednesday, police added another case to the charges against Taiwo.
Police also charged Taiwo, who lives in Dayton, Ohio, with being a fugitive from justice because a computer check reported that he is wanted there on a forgery charge from last fall.
Taiwo told booking officers when he was arrested that he had been living in an extended-stay hotel in Raleigh.
Police said that the thefts happened at a Rex Wellness Center on Lake Boone Trail, a Fitness Connection on Glenwood Avenue, a Lifetime Fitness on Six Forks Road and a YMCA branch on Baileywick Road.
Several people had multiple credit cards taken, arrest warrants said.
According to the charges filed Wednesday, Taiwo took and used a credit card and health savings account card.
People told police, spokeswoman Laura Hourigan said, that they returned to their lockers and found their cards missing from their wallets or bags.
Valuables should never be left unsecured, whether in unlocked cars or unlocked lockers, police urged.
In addition to the North Carolina and Ohio criminal charges, federal immigration officials have asked that Taiwo be held for them if he is going to be released by state authorities.
The Department of Homeland Security told the Wake County Sheriff’s Office that Taiwo, who was born in Nigeria, has an outstanding deportation order.
Taiwo was held without bail because of the fugitive charge.