Apr 29, 2015 9:30 PM
MANCHESTER - It happens all the time. Thieves steal things out of an unlocked locker at the gym.
Now the mother of a U.S. Marine Corps Reservist is asking for the public's help to recover some of her son's gear before he deploys in a week.
Caron Renick, of Windham, the mother of Justin Renick, 21, is on her own mission after getting a call from her son on Saturday.
"It's one of those dreadful phone calls you get that, oh mom, you're never gonna believe what just happened," she said.
Justin Renick had been working out at the Gold's Gym on Dow Street in Manchester on Saturday when someone took the keys out of his locker and used them to enter his car. The thieves left his golf clubs behind but took his Marine pack, with his uniform and his gear, his mother said.
Justin Renick filed a report with the gym and with the police, but admitted the locker was unlocked.
A spokesman for Gold's Gym, Richard Quinn, said, in part, "....We would like to offer our empathy for Mr. Renick regarding the theft situation that occurred in one of our clubs........We highly encourage members to bring locks...... We also have signs posted....and that we cannot be held liable...."
Caron Renick said she hopes the gym will add surveillance cameras in the parking lot, and encourages others to be careful so what happened to her son doesn't happen to them.
In the meantime, her son could face disciplinary action if he doesn't have all his gear when he reports for duty.
"It's not right. I'm not saying it's right to steal from anybody but to steal from a Marine who protects your country? Really?" she said.
Anyone with information about the theft or the whereabouts of Renick's gear, can call the Manchester police at 668-8711.
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