Savannah, Chatham Co. Police seek suspects involved in Planet Fitness thefts

Savannah, Chatham Co. Police seek suspects involved in Planet Fitness thefts

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) -Both Savannah and Chatham County Police are looking for three people they say stole credit cards, a vehicle, and other things from Planet Fitness members at the Eisenhower Drive location. Thefts have also been reported at the Ogeechee Road location.

Detectives say a black man with a mustache wearing a long black wig entered the women’s locker room. They say the man took a gym bag containing cash, and credit/debit cards, another person’s keys, and a third person’s 2013 Subaru Impreza from the parking lot.

Chatham County Police are looking to speak with Tarquinnious Mack. They say that Mack is often spotted on surveillance cameras wearing wigs. They believe he and two other suspects are involved in an auto theft in another jurisdiction. They believe that Mack is also a suspect in a string of gym locker thefts in Atlanta.

The suspect left the gym with an unknown black man and woman. Police believe that the trio is possibly connected to other nearby crimes.

“He is on surveillance camera in the metro Atlanta area and also in our area wearing a wig," said CCPD PIO Betsy Nolen. "Now whether he ditches the wig later on to try to and avoid detection we can’t say, but certainly that is something that makes him stand out somewhat.”

For those who work out at Planet Fitness, the recent thefts have them alarmed.

“I mean it’s pretty scary just the thought of it. That you’re just coming to workout and get your stuff stolen,” said Zachary Higahr and Haleigh Olazo.

“I don’t know why he would honestly just keep moving down here, but honestly now it makes me on high alert now,” said Kesean Bivins.

Police are calling this a crime of opportunity and with so many gym-goers on edge, they are asking you to report anything you may know.

“We hope that someone will recognize the accomplice someone will know where Mr. Mack is and they will take that extra minute to give us a call so that we can bring them in and talk to them find out what’s really been going on,” said Nolen.

As their investigation and search continues they ask you to lock your car and belongings and do not leave your things unattended. Planet Fitness members say this situation has them thinking more about safety.

“Uh yeah, probably going to get a lock as soon as I leave this place, just because of this,” said Jacob Pruitt.

“No, he won’t keep me from coming, no I’ll still come,” said Margaret Simmons.

Anyone with information on any of the subjects is asked to call Eastside Precinct detectives at (912) 525-3100 ext. 1744.

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