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Gym Thief Caught After Lock-Breaking Spree Across Manhattan, Police Say

 A thief stole from members of two Planet Fitness gyms and a Blink Fitness in March and April, police said.
A thief stole from members of two Planet Fitness gyms and a Blink Fitness in March and April, police said.
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UNION SQUARE — A Queens man went on a lock-picking spree at three Manhattan gyms in March and April, stealing cash, credit cards, and other goods while his victims worked out, according to a police report.

Jorge Adorno, 29, broke into lockers at two Planet Fitness gyms and a Blink Fitness between March 28 and April 14, stealing more than half a dozen credit cards and more than $150 in cash, police said.

Adorno struck first shortly after 8:45 p.m. on March 28 at a Blink Fitness at 240 East 54th St., where he stole a man’s wallet containing credit cards and fled, according to police.

The locker-room larcenist popped up again on April 12 at a Planet Fitness at 158 W. 27th St. in Chelsea, where at about 8 p.m. he broke into a man’s locker and swiped jewelry, clothing, credit cards and a school ID card, police said.

Adorno returned to the same Chelsea Planet Fitness two days later on April 14, when just before 5 p.m. he stole a man’s wallet, which contained a driver’s license, credit cards, a MetroCard, and a Planet Fitness ID, according to a police report.

Just half an hour later Adorno showed up at a Planet Fitness at 22 E. 14th St. in Union Square, where he swiped into the gym using a stolen gym ID, before stealing a man’s wallet containing $150 and an American Express card, police said.

Later on April 14, Adorno used the American Express card for two fraudulent purchases at stores in Hoboken, N.J., where surveillance cameras caught him buying an unspecified amount of merchandise, police said.

Officers caught up with Adorno on May 3, and prosecutors charged him with four counts of grand larceny, according to a report. A judge released him without bail on May 9, according to court records.

Adorno had previously served nearly two years in prison for identity theft, and was released in 2012, records show. He got off parole in 2013, according to Department of Corrections records.

A lawyer for Adorno and representatives of Planet Fitness and Blink Fitness did not immediately respond to a request for comment.