Storage units looted by burglars

By JAMES MITCHELL
Sunday Times Newspapers

LINCOLN PARK — More than $30,000 worth of tools, electronics and other valuables were stolen in recent weeks from five rented units at a self-storage facility.

Police responded to five separate calls between Aug. 9 and Tuesday to investigate the theft of tools from rented units at Extra Space Storage, 1928 London.

According to police reports, locks had been cut from storage lockers belonging to individuals who kept tools and other equipment at the facility. In some cases the owner arrived and discovered the theft, and management noted the cut locks on other units and informed the renter.

The amount of time since the locker owners had last seen their unit varied from a few days to several weeks.

Stolen items varied from auto detailing equipment to tool cabinets, gas blowers, musical instruments and sound systems, snow blowers, power washers and a go-kart.

Owners of the burglarized lockers were to provide police with a detailed list of stolen items, serial numbers and other identifying information. Management told investigators that additional units might have been burglarized.

It was unknown if the burglaries had all occurred on the same date or spread over several days. Management and investigators were reviewing surveillance camera images and police checked each of the burglarized lockers for fingerprints and other evidence.

(James Mitchell can be reached at jmitchell@bewickpublications.com.)