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Police probe thefts from storage units



Published: Thu, June 28, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

By DANNY RESTIVO

drestivo@vindy.com

HUBBARD

Police from three jurisdictions are investigating 39 storage-unit break-ins since June 20.

Liberty and Hubbard township and Hubbard city police have reported break-ins at four storage-unit locations.

The most recent incident occurred Tuesday at 65 Erie St., Hubbard.

Police said the owner, Thomas Karpinski, reported that 14 locks were cut from various units. City police said until all of the owners are contacted, it’s unclear what was taken or the value of the items lost.

Police believe the theft occurred sometime after Saturday.

City police also responded to a report of a storage-unit theft Monday at Jug Storage, 743 N. Main St.

“When I came on Monday, all the locks were gone,” owner Rick Jugenheimer said, describing the seven units that were broken into.

He believes the suspects took the locks after cutting them. The theft occurred only a few hundred yards away from Tuesday’s incident, he said.

About $3,000 in missing items were reported from Monday’s theft, said police, who believe Monday and Tuesday’s incidents in Hubbard are connected.

On Monday, Liberty police said seven storage locks had been cut at Blake’s Mini Storage, 5355 Belmont Ave., Liberty.

“There were no signs of forced entry” onto the storage facility property, said Liberty Police Chief Richard J. Tisone. “Whoever got in possibly had a key.”

Police are unsure of the value of the items taken, because not all of the owners have been notified.

Hubbard Township police are also investigating a storage unit theft at Hubbard Storage, 5650 W. Liberty St.

The theft was reported June 20, but police believe the theft occurred a few days earlier. Police said 11 units were broken into, with one unit owner claiming $4,800 in lost items.


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