Bend man arrested for COCC locker room thefts

A 24-year-old Bend transient has been arrested after police said he spent the last three months stealing from lockers at the COCC gym.

Central Oregon Community College Public Safety was made aware of thefts at the Mazama gym locker room during October, November and December. COCC reported the thefts to the Bend Police College Resource Officer, who then reported the crimes, according to Lt. Juli McConkey.

Bend Police in partnership with Campus Public Safety were able to determine there were eight reported victims who’s property was stolen from unlocked lockers while they were using the gym. McConkey said all of the reported victims are students or employees of COCC.

During the investigation it was determined 24-year-old Tyler Sanders, who isn’t a student at COCC, had been going into the gym locker room and stealing money, property, and credit card numbers, to later make fraudulent purchases, McConkey said.

Sanders was arrested January 17th and charged with fraudulent use of a credit card, aggravated identity theft and second-degree theft. McConkey said more charges are likely to follow.

If you have used the Mazama gym and locker room within the last several months and you have unauthorized charges on your accounts or if you are missing any property after using the facility, please call 541-693-6911 and speak to an officer.

As a reminder, Bend Police would like to remind others when using lockers in communal areas, use locks to secure your valuables.  If you determine you have been a victim of theft, you can make a report on line at  https://www.bendoregon.gov/government/departments/police/online-tools/online-police-report or call the non-emergency dispatch line at 541-693-6911.

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