Police: "Milli Vanilli look-a-likes" stealing from men's locker rooms

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The Columbus Division of Police said it needs your help identifying two thieves who should stand out like a sore thumb.

"The running joke is Milli Vanilli. And maybe they do look like Milli Vanilli," laughed Columbus Police Detective Bruce Beard.

The suspects, with their long, flowing hair, have been caught on surveillance camera casually sauntering into a half-dozen LA Fitness gyms in central Ohio.

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Police said the crooks used a fake ID to obtain a temporary workout pass and said they head straight for the men's locker room where it appears the suspects are using bolt cutters to defeat locks and steal men's wallets.

One victim named Leo told CrimeTracker 10 the crooks did nothing to draw attention to themselves.

"It was about 12 p.m. on Sunday. It wasn't very busy. I didn't notice anyone. I come back about an hour and a half later and everything's gone," said Leo.

He said the thieves immediately went to a nearby giant retail store and racked up more than $2,000 dollars in stolen credit card charges. Police said they're confident the thieves aren't amateurs.

"They go in, they're only in the locker room for a very short time, and they're right back out and gone. So, they've definitely done this before," said Detective Bruce.

Police said so far the pair of thieves have racked up about $20,000 in stolen credit charges, and often purchase items they can turn around and sell for cash.

Over the weekend, police posted surveillance images of the suspects on social media. The post attracted several comical comments, including "even if you catch them, they will blame it on the rain."

However, police said they didn't receive a single tip to help identify the suspects. Investigators said that's unusual, and said it's an indication the suspects may have traveled to Columbus to commit their crimes.

Columbus police are asking clerks at area hotels and motels to take a close look at the surveillance pictures. If you can help police identify the suspects, please call (614) 645-2091.