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Paramus police have arrested a 21-year-old Wallington man for allegedly stealing items out of members’ lockers at 24 Hour Fitness. Grant Miller was arrested on July 30 and charged with burglary and theft. This arrest came about as a result of an investigation led by Paramus Detective Glen Pagano.
During the past several months, police have been investigating thefts from lockers at fitness centers throughout the area. A break in the case came on June 29, when someone stole items from lockers at the 24 Hour gym on Route 4. Pagano was able to identify the suspect as Miller from his use of credit cards stolen from the victims.
The next day, Pagano learned that Miller was allegedly returning to 24 Hour Fitness to commit additional burglaries. As Miller exited the building, he was arrested. Police believe that Miller is responsible for other locker thefts. An investigation continues.
In a related matter, while Pagano, Detective Tom Schroeder and Officers Matt Parrello and Steve Nepola were on a targeted patrol of local gyms as part of the theft investigation on Aug. 1, they spotted a man acting suspiciously in the parking lot of Retro Fitness located on Park Place. The suspect, identified as Jabril Cokley, of Elizabeth, was found to be in possession of 150 packets of heroin with a street value of $1,500. Cokley was arrested and charged with possession of heroin with intent to distribute, police said.