LANCASTER – A Lancaster fitness club is under investigation for possible theft by false pretenses and detectives plan to reach out to the club’s estimated 600 members to obtain more evidence in the case, authorities announced Wednesday.
Detectives are investigating Sport Club AV, at 1020 Commerce Center Drive, where it is alleged that members were electronically overcharged for their September dues, and then the business closed soon after the dues were collected, according to a news release from the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station.
Detectives said they have enough information from potential victims to determine if, in fact, a crime has been committed.
In anticipation of a large number of potential victims, detectives said they need more time to gather additional evidence, and the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station will post a request for information to the community at a later date to help identify additional potential victims.
Club members who believe that they were victimized were asked not to contact detectives at this time but to gather their membership contract and any bank statements or receipts documenting their membership dues.
“We understand that many members are upset with the business and ask that they refrain from any unlawful activities such as vandalism, assaulting or stalking any employees or owners associated with this incident,” Lancaster Community Relations deputy Miguel Ruiz said in the news release.
“We have also discovered several social media postings of the owner’s personal information and home address [that] has proven to be inaccurate and ask that persons do not act unlawfully to contact the owners,” Ruiz said.