North Suburban YMCA in Northbrook will hasten plans for added security gear following the Feb. 2 arrest of an employee charged with allegedly stealing credit cards and cash from unattended wallets.
YMCA Executive Director Howard Schultz said a video security system for viewing outside and inside the building at 2705 Techny Road will be operating soon.
The YMCA is currently raising $4.1 million for its phase-two capital improvements campaign.
"The security system always was part of forthcoming renovations; however, those plans will be installed as quickly as possible to ensure there is no potential of repeats," Schultz said.
Curdesha L. Hurt, 22, of 1940 Dodge, Evanston, admitted to using the cards for purchases at Jewel and Best Buy in Evanston.
Between 6:15 p.m. and 7 p.m. Jan. 28 Northbrook police stated Hurt took two credit cards and two debit cards from a wallet inside a pool bag on the second-floor observation of the YMCA.
Between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. Jan. 29 she also stole five credit cards from a wallet inside a gym bag, police stated.
On the same day, police stated she stole $50 from a wallet in a lobby area at 1:15 p.m.
Hurt, a part-time worker, was taken into custody Feb. 3., and her court date was pending.
Schultz said a background check on Hurt was performed before her hiring, but revealed noting. She has been terminated, he added.
"Of course, the first line of defense against theft is personal vigilance, so we ask you to please always keep your valuables locked in a safe place," Schultz said.
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