EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

March 28, 2013

Police: Man joined local gyms to rob them

By Mike LaBella
mlabella@eagletribune.com

---- — HAVERHILL — Police investigators allege that a Vine Street man signed up as a member at two local health clubs to break into the lockers and cars of members to steal items ranging from electronic devices to credit cards and debit cards.

When he was caught, Andrew Davison, 32, of 8 Vine St., #1, and a female accomplice were in possession of a large number of stolen items, including credit cards and debit cards as well as several gift cards investigators believe they purchased with the stolen credit cards. Police also found a stolen Middlesex Office Sheriff’s reserve badge, along with various other items including two GPS devices, a digital camera, an iPod Touch and a wristlet purse.

Police charged both Davison and Denise Connerty, 39, of 58 Perkins Court with receiving stolen property over $250, larceny over $250 and breaking and entering a motor vehicle to commit larceny. Connerty was additionally charged with a motor vehicle lights violation and was issued a citation.

At their arraignments on the charges yesterday in Haverhill District Court, Judge Patricia Dowling ordered Davison held on $5,000 cash bail, while Connerty was ordered held on $2,500 cash bail. Assistant District Attorney Stephen Patten asked that both be held on $5,000 cash bail, according to the Essex District Attorney’s Office.

According to a police report on file in Haverhill District Court, a manager of the Latitude Sports Club at 3 Ferry St. in Bradford informed police on Tuesday afternoon about several thefts that had occurred there Sunday and Monday.

The manager told Haverhill Police Detective Meaghan Buckley that several male members had items stolen from their lockers while they worked out. Police said they reviewed a list of new members of the club, which included Davison, who had provided the club with a Maine identification card. The manager told police that Davison had visited the club twice on Monday, and on his second visit he said he had forgotten his gym bag and needed to retrieve it. Investigators believe Davison may have told the attendant this story in order to steal more items, Buckley wrote in her report.

While Buckley was investigating the thefts at the Latitude Sports Club, she was informed of several reported thefts from the men’s and women’s locker rooms at Choice Fitness, 2 Water St. Two female members told police their car keys had been taken and items were missing from their vehicles. The desk attendant told police that Davison had signed up at the club months ago.

Buckley wrote in her report that Detective Carl Rogers was also investigating a theft from Choice Fitness that occurred March 21, in which a man’s wallet containing several credit cards was stolen. Buckley wrote in her report that Rogers identified Davison as the person who used one of the stolen credit cards at a local liquor store.

On Tuesday at just before 9 p.m., police were waiting outside of Davison’s Vine Street apartment when a car driven by Connerty drove into the driveway, with Davison as her passenger. According to Buckley’s report, officers approached the vehicle with guns drawn and Connerty stated, “I didn’t do anything, I didn’t do anything.”

According to the police report, a number of credit cards and receipts were strewn about the interior of the vehicle. Davison was holding several gift cards and two stolen debit cards. Police found more than a half dozen different credit and debit cards in Connerty’s coat pocket. A bag on the front passenger floor contained a Pharos GPS, Tom Tom GPS, Kodak 8 megapixel camera and a 32 gigabyte iPod Touch. Police also found a Coach wristlet purse matching the description of one that was stolen, and a credit card receipt for $176 from a local convenience store.