A Valley Stream thief dubbed the "gym bandit" by police because of his preferred hunting grounds pleaded guilty to burglary and grand larceny charges Wednesday, according to Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice.
Sean Gluck, 36, is facing 3 to 6 years in prison in exchange for his guilty plea, Rice said. He was charged with four counts of burglary, seven counts of grand larceny and petit larceny, and was due to be sentenced Feb. 23. He has two prior theft convictions.
"This defendant stole from innocent victims and wreaked havoc on their finances," Rice said. "Hopefully Mr. Gluck will use his time in prison to think of a more honest way to make a living. My office was fully prepared to take this case to trial before the defendant pleaded guilty."
Last March and April, Gluck committed five thefts at two tanning salons and three eateries, Rice said.
On March 15 he went to Beach Bum Tanning in North Merrick and took the front desk employee's purse, and he repeated the theft on March 21 at another Beach Bum Tanning in Plainview, Rice said. On April 15, Gluck took an employee's duffel bag from Massaro's Pizzeria in Mineola, an employee's pocketbook from St. James Restaurant, and an employee's pocketbook from a Plainview Starbucks, Rice said. He was arrested April 24.
Rice said Gluck was dubbed the "gym bandit" when he was charged with a series of thefts in which he stole car keys from different gyms and fitness centers, and then used the keys to steal pocketbooks and other items from the customers' vehicles. He was arrested and served eight months in jail.
Less than two months after being released from jail in September 2007, Gluck went on another spree, stealing wallets and pocketbooks from gyms in Woodbury, Glen Cove, Merrick and Baldwin, and a Hewlett bagel store, according to Rice. Gluck charged more than $7,000 on the owners' stolen credit cards. He was arrested and served five months in jail and was placed on three years' probation.