Man suspected of breaking into gym lockers
A man who had been working at Telluride Ski Resort has been arrested and accused of breaking into several lockers at a Grand Junction gym and stealing wallets, credit cards, checks and cash from at least four people.
Dana Edwin McCrum, 48, of Murrells, S.C., is suspected of racking up more than $2,000 in expenditures on gift cards, alcohol and a flat-screen television.
McCrum appeared in court Tuesday and was advised he could be charged with identity theft, second- and third-degree burglary, possession of burglary tools, theft of between $1,000 and $20,000, theft of less than $500, first-degree forgery and possession of a financial transaction device. He is free on $7,500 bond.
Grand Junction police spokeswoman Kate Porras said Tuesday there could be other local victims and that McCrum may have committed similar crimes in Durango, Missouri and Florida.
Police were contacted Jan. 21 by a man who said his gym bag had been stolen from his locker at Gold’s Gym, 700 Maldonado St., the previous day. He said he contacted his credit card companies and learned his cards had been used at City Market, Crossroads Wine and Spirits, Shiner’s Car Wash and Wal-Mart, according to an arrest affidavit.
Porras said the man knows the owners of Gold’s Gym and Crossroads and obtained surveillance video that showed McCrum entering both businesses. On Monday, the man contacted police again after spotting and recognizing McCrum leaving Gold’s Gym. The man followed McCrum to the Wal-Mart on Rimrock Avenue.
Police contacted McCrum at Wal-Mart and found him in possession of a $100 Shiner’s gift certificate, a Telluride Ski Resort employee ID card and a receipt for the Super 8 Motel on Horizon Drive, according to an arrest affidavit.
McCrum gave a lengthy confession. According to the affidavit, he said he purchased a day pass at Gold’s Gym and used bolt cutters to break into a locker. He said he purchased scotch at Crossroads, gift cards at City Market, Shiner’s, Sport Authority, Sportsman’s Warehouse and Wal-Mart and a $400 flat-screen TV from Wal-Mart, the affidavit said.
McCrum said he broke into three more lockers Monday, stealing wallets, a cell phone and a driver’s license. He purchased two more gift cards from Wal-Mart, the affidavit said.
In McCrum’s vehicle, police found bolt cutters, gift cards, four sets of IDs, credit cards and personal belongings and a small amount of marijuana.