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A decade later, ‘The Gym Bandit’ arrested again, police say

Sean Sevetar, 44, was dubbed 'The Gym Bandit'

Sean Sevetar, 44, was dubbed 'The Gym Bandit' a decade ago, authorities said. Credit: NCPD

“The Gym Bandit” is back.

A North Woodmere man who authorities said earned the moniker a decade ago when he stole from gym patrons in Nassau County was arrested Monday — this time after police said he swiped keys from a gym locker in Hewlett, then burglarized the victim’s car.

Sean Sevetar, 44, of Cedarhurst Street, is charged with third-degree burglary, fourth-degree criminal mischief and two counts of petty larceny stemming from the Nov. 10 incident at Retro Fitness in Hewlett Plaza, Nassau police said.

Sevetar’s bail was set at $30,000 bond, $20,000 cash at arraignment Tuesday in First District Court in Hempstead. He was represented by Legal Aid, which typically does not comment on cases.

Authorities said that while Sevetar has the same nickname, he previously was known by a different name: Sean Gluck.

Kathleen Rice, at the time the Nassau County district attorney, said Gluck was dubbed “The Gym Bandit” in January 2007 when he was charged with a prior series of thefts during which he stole car keys from gyms and fitness centers, then used those keys to steal items from customer vehicles. Rice said he’d served 8 months in jail following that arrest.

By the end of 2007, Gluck went on another spree, stealing wallets and pocketbooks from gyms in Woodbury, Glen Cove, Merrick and Baldwin, authorities said at the time. He also hit a bagel store in Hewlett, Rice said then.

All told, Gluck had charged more than $7,000 to the stolen credit cards and served another 5 months in jail, with 3 years of probation, following those incidents, prosecutors said at the time.

He pleaded guilty to burglary and grand larceny charges in January 2010 stemming from a series of thefts from tanning salons and eateries in March and April 2009, authorities said.

Then a Valley Stream resident, Gluck was sentenced to 3 to 6 years in prison, according to an April 2010 news release from the office of then-Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice. Rice called Gluck “a serial purse snatcher” and noted he had been responsible for three crime sprees in three years.

“Hopefully, Mr. Gluck will use his time in prison to think of a more honest way to make a living,” Rice had said.

It was not immediately known how much time Gluck served.

Records show that Gluck, now using the name Sevetar, pleaded guilty in May 2015 to petty larceny and was sentenced to 10 days in jail.

Nassau police said Monday that Sevetar broke into the gym locker of a 25-year-old man working out at Retro Fitness on Nov. 10.

According to police, the victim saw the locker was broken, but found nothing missing — until he walked to his 2012 Volkswagen just before 2:30 p.m.

It was then, police said, the victim found his glove compartment open and that cash he’d had there had been stolen.

According to the criminal complaint, Sevetar stole $60 in cash, $10 in euros and a pair of Carrera sunglasses worth $200.

Police said an investigation tied the thefts to Sevetar, who they said “removed car keys” from the locker, “took the keys and entered the victim’s vehicle,” then stole the cash before going back into the gym and placing the keys back in the locker.

With Nicole Fuller

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