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Athletic club personnel 'work out' happy ending to pattern of thefts

By Rosemary Sobol

Tribune reporter

1:09 AM CST, January 7, 2012

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Staffers from the upscale East Bank Club in River North found it pays to be in shape after chasing down and apprehending a man who'd stolen nearly $2,500 from the lockers of six men on Thursday and Friday, police said.

Charles Kurilik, 33, of Pontiac, Mich., was charged tonight with three counts of felony theft and three counts of misdemeanor theft, police said. He is expected to appear in court Saturday.

A security officer had been doing extra duty Friday because of the recent thefts at the club, 500 N. Kingsbury St., when he spotted Kurilik in the locker room and did not recognize him, according to a police report.

When the guard discovered Kurilik was not a member and did not have permission to be there, Kurilik took off, but the guard -- and other gym staff members -- gave chase, the report said.

They nabbed him at Kingsbury and Illinois Streets, about a block north of the club, where Chicago police placed him into custody at 1:15 p.m.

Kurilik admitted to police that he'd broken into four lockers on Thursday, taking $1,600 cash, and two Friday for a total of $840 in cash, the report said.

The money was recovered and returned to the six victims, who are from Chicago, Clarendon Hills, and Highland Park.

rsobol@tribune.com