Would-Be Gym Locker Thief Doused in Flour

Gym manager found would-be thief with an old college prank

A DC gym found a unique way to catch one thief red handed... well, in this case, white-handed.

Thieves have been targeting lockers and stealing wallets at the Vida Fitness gym at 445 K St. NW, said manager Chris Kopp.

Kopp had posted signs warning would-be thieves they're being watched by surveillance cameras, but he decided to take efforts a bit further.

He used an old Marine and college prank: putting flour in a locker.

Surveillance video shows a man doused by a puff of flour as he opens a locker. The man quickly left the gym, but had checked in at the front desk with a drivers license.

Kopp said he has a message for the thief: "Don't show your face here again. If you're working with any kind of gang or other organization, we don't want your kind here in the club. We don't want you here in the city, and quite frankly, we don't need it here."

The gym now has a photocopy of the drivers license that was left behind at the front desk, with a warning that reads, "Do not allow access."

Police are now looking for the suspect in the case.

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