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Thieves hit gym lockers across the Eastside

During the past few weeks there has been a spike in locker thefts from gyms across the Eastside. Recently, Bellevue, Issaquah, Kirkland and Redmond have all seen similar incidents.

Thieves are getting into lockers by shimming or prying padlocks or combination locks and sifting through personal items to take cash. The lock is often placed back on the locker afterward. Some people don’t even realize they’ve been victimized right away as their phones, wallets and other items are still present.

Several different gym franchises have reported thefts, and gyms are working closely with police in multiple jurisdictions to try to identify suspects. It appears there are multiple groups of suspects working across the Eastside. Issaquah, Kirkland and Redmond police currently have open, active investigations and all agencies are conducting area patrols as able.

Police and gyms are asking customers to do the following:

Don’t bring valuables to the gym or leave them in your car; leave them at home if possible.

If your gym provides theft-resistant day lockers, take advantage of them. Use puck-style locks if possible as they are harder to defeat.

Report all suspicious activity to staff or by calling 911 – or both.

Mercer Island recognized for health and wellness

The National League of Cities has recognized Mercer Island for recent completion of key health and wellness goals for the Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC) campaign. The program is a major component of First Lady Michelle Obama’s comprehensive Let’s Move! Initiative, which is dedicated to solving the childhood obesity epidemic within a generation.

The LMCTC campaign calls upon local elected officials to adopt sustainable and holistic policies that improve communities’ access to healthy affordable food and opportunities for physical activity through five goal areas.

To date five medals have been awarded to the Mercer Island campaign for the City’s achievements in: the Start Early, Start Smart (nutrition); Active Kids at Play (physical activity); and My Plate, Your Place (food education) categories.

The Mercer Island Parks and Recreation Department is leading the Let’s Move! Initiative with community partners who all participate in spreading the word on health and wellness. Partners include: The Boys and Girls Club; Stroum Jewish Community Center; M.I. Preschool Association; M.I. Food Revolution; Fresh Start Gal; Mary Wayte Pool; M.I. Library; and M.I. Pediatrics.

Get reusable bags at City Hall

In order to conduct outreach and education around the city’s new plastic bag ban, a limited number of city-branded reusable shopping bags are being distributed at various venues around the Island, including the Food Pantry, the Thrift Shop, retirement homes, and via the Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club.

Next time you are in City Hall, stop by the front counter and pick one up for your household. Learn more at the city’s comprehensive bag ban webpage.

If you are collecting paper grocery bags that you no longer need, please donate them to the Mercer Island Thrift Shop for reuse.


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