Gym manager accused of theft

BUFORD - Gym bags typically contain a few essential items needed for a workout: A water bottle, towel, maybe braces and wraps.

But bolt cutters?

Gwinnett police said they found a pair Friday in a bag owned by 35-year-old Mark Medrano, general manager of the Buford L.A. Fitness Sport Club.

That, while odd, is no crime.

But police believe that Medrano used those bolt cutters to snap the locks of gym members' lockers while helping himself to their personal belongings.

According to reports, an off-duty Gwinnett police officer working out at the gym noticed Medrano rummaging through lockers and gym bags. The officer detained Medrano, police said, until uniformed officers arrived and found him in possession of a laptop computer and a wedding ring police identified as belonging to other individuals.

While executing a search warrant at Medrano's Lawrenceville home, police said, they found credit cards, driver's licenses and "other personal effects" belonging to several other victims. They also, they said, found and seized a machine used to manufacture and clone credit cards.

Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. David Schiralli said authorities are in the process of identifying and contacting victims in efforts to return all property to its rightful owners.

Jail records show Medrano is being held without bond on charges of theft by receiving, criminal attempt to commit a crime and possession of tools for commission of a crime.

The investigation is ongoing, Schiralli added, and additional charges may be forthcoming.