BOISE -- A Boise man is facing felony charges after police say they linked him to a wave of thefts at local gyms.
Stephen J. Redlich, 29, was arrested Tuesday night. Police say he stole credit cards, purses and wallets from gyms, then used the victims' cards to make fraudulent purchases.
Since April, officers have investigated several dozen reports of thefts at Boise gyms. Investigators were able to identify Redlich as a suspect after he used stolen cards to purchase items at area businesses, police said.
Officers spotted Redlich driving Tuesday night and pulled him over. As he was being taken into custody, police say, officers found prescription pills and drug paraphernalia in his possession.
Redlich was booked into the Ada County Jail on three felony counts of grand theft, three counts of fraudulent use of a financial card, two counts of drug possession and one misdemeanor count of possession of paraphernalia.
Boise Police said the case should serve as a reminder for people to secure their property when they visit the gym. Gym-goers are urged to use a locker and a dependable lock to protect wallets, car keys and clothing, even if you don't plan on staying very long.
Belongings left in a car should be placed in the trunk or hidden out of sight, even if the vehicle is locked. The best practice is to leave valuable items at home if not absolutely needed, police say.