UPDATE: Thieves Target Storage Units Twice in One Month in Chesapeake, Ohio

By: Andrew Colegrove; WSAZ News Staff Email
By: Andrew Colegrove; WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 3/24/14 @ 8 p.m.
CHESAPEAKE, Ohio (WSAZ) -- For the second time this month, a storage unit facility has been broken into.

Mark Thompson's weekend was spoiled when he showed up at his unit in Chesapeake, Ohio, on Friday night -- only to find his stuff was long gone.

"Somewhere between Monday and Friday they had broken in there and cut the locks off several different units," Thompson said.

Thompson says about $1,500 worth of his property was stolen.

"There’s no way I'm getting it replaced,” Thompson said. “We'll just have to go out and buy it again."

Chesapeake Police Chief Dennis Gibson said this was the second time units at Convenient Mini-Storage have been broken into this month.

He says locks on about 15 units have been cut, but only two people have reported it, so they can't be certain exactly how much has been stolen.

Just last week we reported on similar break-ins in Elkview, W.Va., in Kanawha County. The owner there told us investing in a slightly more expensive lock, which can be more difficult to break and can be a big deterrent for criminals.

Police are checking with local pawnshops to see if any of the stolen items have been turned in.

Gibson says it's not a bad idea for folks who have storage units to check in on them more frequently.

ORIGINAL STORY 3/22/14 @ 5:19 p.m.
CHESAPEAKE, Ohio (WSAZ) -- For the second time this month, some storage units have been broken into.

Police were called to Convenient Mini-Storage Friday night where six or seven locks had been cut off units.

Chesapeake Police Chief Gibson says the same thing happened back on March 7th.

A total of 14 or 15 units have had locks broken off of them.

So far, only two people have reported missing items. They include a full desktop system, an Xbox 360 and more.

Police are advising anyone who uses those units to check them and continue checking them frequently.

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