Lock 'em up: Thieves steal wallets from unlocked gym lockers on base

Members of the Tinker work force who use any of the gymnasium facilities on base are encouraged to lock up their valuables to prevent theft. (Air Force photo by Margo Wright)

Members of the Tinker work force who use any of the gymnasium facilities on base are encouraged to lock up their valuables to prevent theft. (Air Force photo by Margo Wright)

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE -- Even Tinker Air Force Base can provide a false sense of security.
   Within the past two weeks, three individuals have reported theft while at an installation workout facility.
   "We're not sure the cause," said Staff Sgt. Dusty Maugh, 72nd Security Forces Squadron Criminal Investigations chief investigator. "It started with one incident. But it's scattered, nothing is considered rash."
   Sgt. Maugh said the thieves nabbed wallets from clothes or gym bags found in unlocked lockers. Furthermore, thefts typically occurred at peak gym times, around 5 p.m.
   To avoid theft, the use of combination padlocks are strongly suggested, Sgt. Maugh said.
   "Lock up your valuables, or they may not be yours anymore," the sergeant said.
   Sports and fitness centers on base offer combination padlocks for use while working out. The locks are available on a sign-out and first come, first serve basis.